Friday, May 06, 2005

Turkey bans four erotic TV channels saying shows "violate" country's values

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) - Turkey on Friday banned four erotic television channels, saying their programs violated the country's values.

Turkey's broadcasting watchdog said in a statement that the Adult Channel, Exotica TV, Playboy TV, and Rouge TV violated a requirement that programs provide a "public service" and respect "the Turkish nation's national, ethical, humanitarian, spiritual and cultural values."

The programs were shown on channels operated by satellite broadcast provider Digiturk.
Digiturk company officials were not immediately available to comment.

The decision comes with Turkey under pressure to expand freedom of expression as it seeks membership in the European Union. The mainly Muslim country is scheduled to begin membership negotiations with the bloc in October.

(Source: CJAD)

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