RTUK thanks to Turkish media service providers advocating for democracy

RTUK thanks to Turkish media service providers advocating for democracy

Media is an indispensable element for democratic societies, with its vital role in the use of freedom of expression and information as one of the fundamental human rights.

Against the military coup attempt of a group within the Turkish Armed Forces under the authority of a terrorist organisation namely FETÖ/PDY on 15th of July, 2016, Turkish media service providers and their journalists exhibited an utmost diligence for Turkish people to access the information instantly and accurately, fulfilling their duties in spite of all of the oppressions of the coup attempters.

The Council of Ministers decided to declare a “state of national emergency” in terms of Article 120 of the Constitution for a period of three months for the purpose of struggling immediately and effectively against FETÖ/PDY terrorist organisation that seriously spoiled the public order due to the violent events or emergence of serious indicators which belong to extensive violence movements aiming at removing the free democratic order and fundamental rights and freedoms in Turkey.    

In line with this decision, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK), in its emergent meeting dated 19.07.2016, revoked unanimously all the broadcasting permissions and licences under its authority belonging to the media service providers (radio and television enterprises) ascertained to have been related, relevant and in support to the FETÖ/PDY organisation by considering the acts that violate the provisions elaborated under Article 8(a) of the Law No. 6112 on the Establishment of Radio and Television Enterprises and Their Media Services which states that “Media services shall not be contrary to the existence and independence of the State of the Republic of Turkey, the indivisible integrity of the State with its territory and nation, the principles and reforms of Atatürk.” and Article 8(d) of the same Law which states that “Media services shall not glorify and encourage terror; shall not display terrorist organizations as powerful or justified and shall not portray terrifying and deterrent features of terrorist organizations. They shall not present the act, the perpetrators and the victims of terror in a way serving for the interests of the terror”.