December 6, 2023

06.12.2023 – RTÜK Imposes Fines on TV Channels for Critical Commentary: SEEMO Expresses Concerns Over Media Freedom

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) ( has recently imposed administrative fines on four television channels, as disclosed by a RTÜK member on his social media account on 17 November 2023.

Tele 1 TV ( received three fines, equivalent to 3 percent of its advertising revenues, for statements made by Merdan Yanardağ and Emre Kongar on the program “18 Dakika.” Flash Haber ( was fined 3 percent administratively for critical reports on retirement grants and salaries, along with an additional 3 percent for journalist Fatih Ertürk’s remarks on the retirement grant. KRT TV ( faced two separate fines, each amounting to 3 percent of its ad revenues, for journalist Zafer Arapkirli’s comments on road and bridge toll increases and the Fidan-Blinken handshaking discussed on his show “Medya Terapi.” Halk TV ( also incurred two 3 percent administrative fines, one for journalist Timur Soykan’s comments on the Sinan Ateş murder and another for journalist Bahadır Özgür’s remarks about ISIS.

A detailed analysis of fines issued by RTÜK over the past decade is available in a report published by journalist Hayri Demir (

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns these penalties, viewing them as potential threats to media freedom.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.


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