Mainstream TV channels in Turkey have not broadcast the first extraordinary assembly of Turkey’s newest political party, İYİ (Good) Party convened on Sunday in Ankara.
The assembly was broadcast only by the left-wing Halk TV and streamed online by the Doğan News Agency both which have marginal number of viewers.
Turkey’s prominent news channel CNN Turk allocated only 33 seconds to the IYI Party leader Meral Aksener’s speech, however instead of Aksener the CNN presenter talked.
During her speech Aksener reacted to the TV channels’ absence in the assembly. “Those beautiful images should have been broadcast in our country’s televisions. Are they broadcasting penguins now? We have not started out that road by relying on the media which is the equerry of the government,” she said.
Aksener was referring to the documentary on penguins CNN Turk chose to air during the Gezi Park protests in 2013, which since then has become in Turkey a symbol of censorship in the media. CNN Turk belongs to the Doğan Media Group, which was sold in March to a pro-government conglomerate, a move defined as the “confirmation of death of media pluralism in Turkey,” by press freedom non-governmental organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF).