Turkey’s TV watchdog bans popular music video for encouraging smoking


Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has banned the broadcasting of a music video by a leading pop singer for encouraging smoking, Birgün newspaper reported on Sunday.

The ban against singer Sıla’s music video “Karanfil’’ (“Carnation” in English), follows a complaint filed by Orhan Kural, the chairman of the Sarıay Association, Turkey’s first anti-smoking organisation, and the Tobacco and Alcohol Unit of the Agriculture Ministry, it said.

The lyrics of the song, “Remember me at least once a year, pin a carnation, light a cigarette from me,’’ promote smoking, RTÜK said.

Sıla’s video had close to 25 million hits on YouTube at the time this article was published.

The decision arrives as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to curb social media in the country.

Last week, RTÜK slapped two opposition TV stations with an unprecedented broadcast ban, sparking domestic and international criticism against censored media in Turkey.



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