Turkish media watchdog issues fine over interview with transgender woman

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05/16/2021

Turkey’s media watchdog has issued a fine against an internet series for airing a broadcast that featured a trans actress, Duvar English news site reported on Sunday. Turkish regulator Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) asked the streaming service Exxen to remove the episode of the show Katarsis, which featured an interview with actress Çağla Akalın. The actress said in an interview that she was alerted by her fans that the episode was unavailable when she learned about its removal from Katarsis’ host Görkem Çınar. “Çınar told me that he just found out about the episode being removed and that he was saddened about it,” Akalın recounted to Oda TV news site. “In the statement made, it was said that the platform was fined by RTÜK for the Catharsis broadcast, where I was a guest, and requested the removal of the broadcast,” she added. Akalın rejected any notion that the episode was indecent or in any way involved anything that can be considered offensive to viewers. In a separate interview with Arti Gerçek news site, Akalın explained that she only talked about her life and that alone was why the program was punished.

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