Turkey’s television watchdog appoints new chairman

The Turkish state agency for monitoring, regulating, and sanctioning radio and television broadcasts on Wednesday appointed a new chairman, independent news site T24 reported.

Ebubekir Şahin, a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), was appointed the new chairman of the Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTÜK), replacing İlhan Yerlikaya who resigned this week citing “family health problems,” T24 said.

Şahin previously served as the undersecretary of the former Minister of Family and Social Policies Fatma Betül Sayan, who currently serves as the AKP vice chair.

RTÜK, under the leadership of AKP, has been criticised for taking on a strict approach with television stations, slapping channels with large fines for what they say is ‘’offending societal values.‘’

In September of last year a by-law was approved which allows for Turkey’s state-run broadcasting watchdog to extend its censorship to all internet broadcasting platforms.