Turkish TV watchdog overlooks complaints about violent content on TV

The Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) gives a green light to all forms of violence despite complaints, secular opposition daily Cumhuriyet reported on Sunday.

RTÜK has received  16,514 complaints concerning violent content, however, the Turkish TV watchdog has not reviewed even a single of them, according to Cumhuriyet.

"RTÜK, by law, has the authority and duty to prevent broadcasts that promote or normalise violence. However, the violence on screen is not seen persistently, the complaint files are not brought to the supreme board despite our calls," the daily quoted the opposition deputy and RTÜK board member İlhan Taşcı.

Under the leadership of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), RTÜK took a strict approach with TV stations, slapping channels with large fines for what they say is "offending societal values". But the level of concern with scenes containing sexuality is nowhere near that of physical abuse or violence.

For instance, Turkey’s popular drama ‘’Çukur,’’ (The Pit) received a 260,000 lira ($ 45,000) fine last year for a kissing scene with RTÜK claiming the show was ‘’eroding the morals of youth.’’