As the Newsweek op-ed reminds, one wonders why CNN still licences CNN Turk…

It’s Time to End CNN’s License for CNN Turk’s Hate Content | Opinion – Newsweek

The channel became synonymous with self-censorship when it aired a documentary on penguins in 2013 instead of reporting the Gezi Park protests

Turkish media recently reported that CNN International is sending a team to Turkey to “look into its Turkish branch’s broadcasting policy,” which has been “under fire for its one-sided reports.” This belated move gives CNN an opportunity to disassociate its brand from one of the leading propaganda outlets of Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It is long overdue for CNN to revoke its license for CNN Turk and its hate content.

CNN‘s “sister network” CNN Turk started broadcasting in Turkey in 1999 and was a leading news outlet in its early years. The channel became synonymous with self-censorship when it aired a documentary on penguins in 2013 instead of reporting the Gezi Park protests, which witnessed countrywide demonstrations against the Erdogan government’s authoritarianism. Back then, even CNN mocked its sister network in Turkey for broadcasting the penguin documentary; it aired footage of a Turkish guest, during a live interview with CNN Turktaking off his shirt to reveal a penguin T-shirt underneath in protest of the broadcaster’s editorial policies….


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