Türkiye’s RTUK fined digital platforms for LGBTQ+ content

RTUK fines digital platforms including Netflix and Disney+ in Türkiye for LGBTQ+ content, citing alleged violations of moral standards.

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The Radio and Television Supreme Council of Türkiye, RTUK, which monitors, regulates, and sanctions radio and television broadcasts, fined digital platforms Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, MUBI, BluTV, and Radio Virgin on Wednesday for productions that address LGBTQ+ issues that allegedly undermine country’s moral standards.

RTUK has fined Netflix for the ‘Anne’ series, stating that it ‘does to recognize boundaries of gender, sexuality, and relationships’ and is contrary to the country’s family protection principles and societal moral values. The Disney+ series ‘Love, Victor’ and Amazon Prime’s ‘Modern Love’ was also fined for alleged unpleasant conduct and content that opposed social and moral norms.

Following the regulation change in 2019, which increased governmental control over media and internet censorship in Türkiye, multiple penalties have been imposed against platforms, BalkanInsight reports. RTUK announced that it plans a meeting in September 2023 with the representative of digital streaming platforms to address the Turkish family’s values to the platforms.