Status: 01/07/2022 03:26
Internet access to Deutsche Welle programming has been blocked in Turkey. The reason cited by the supervisory authority was a missing broadcasting license. Voice of America is also no longer available.
The Turkish Broadcasting Authority (RTÜK) has blocked access to Deutsche Welle in Turkey. “Access to the Turkish language service of Deutsche Welle (DW), DW Turkce and Voice of America (VOA), which did not seek permission, was blocked by the Ankara Criminal Court at the request of the RTÜK Board of Directors,” RTÜK Board Member Ilhan Tasci tweeted.
A blocking of Internet offers was expected, DW, VOA and other foreign broadcasters have been threatened with it for months. In February, RTÜK announced, citing the National Media Regulation Act, that broadcasters would have to apply for licenses for on-demand offerings. DW had announced that he would take legal action against him.
Extensive media oversight powers
Turkey’s conservative Islamic government has tightened media oversight in recent years by granting RTÜK extensive oversight of internet platforms that distribute movies, videos or radio content. The authority can also have content removed. Representatives close to the government are in the majority within the RTÜK organ. Turkish media are largely under government control or close to the government.