The government also dismissed almost 4,000 public officials in the latest purge under the over nine-month state of emergency that has followed last July’s failed coup, and has blocked access to Wikipedia in the country.Turkish state media said the ban was imposed because Wikipedia had failed to remove content promoting terror and accusing Turkey of cooperation with various terror groups.“In radio and television broadcasting services, such programs in which people are introduced to find a friend…. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said in March that the ban was in the pipeline, arguing the shows do not fit in with Turkish traditions and customs.Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up “There are some strange programs that would scrap the institution of family, take away its nobility and sanctity,” Kurtulmus said at the time.Opponents of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) government frequently voice fears that Turkey is sliding toward conservative Islam under Erdogan.But AKP supporters have said that dating shows receive thousands of complaints every year and the ban is in the public interest.Meanwhile, the decree also introduced new regulations to telemarketing programs that promote and sell food supplements and similar products, saying broadcasts against these health rules must not be aired.
“God willing, in the near future, we will remedy this with a state of emergency decree.
“On April 29, 2017, state of emergency decree law no. With this decree, penalties imposed upon marriage and dating programs were increased.
Previously, fines of 1 percent or 3 percent of the gross income of broadcasters were given for airing such programs [if they violated the pre-established rules].
21 at a forum in the northwestern province of Kocaeli.“We have met all of our broadcasters over the summer, especially those airing dating shows.
As far as we have spoken with our broadcasters, there will no such programs.