The ATV channel is privately owned, but Erdogan’s Islamist regime in Turkey has been consolidating control over the media to a disturbing extent so that there really is nothing shocking about this.
ATV, one of Turkey’s top channels, was bought by a company whose CEO is the son-in-law of Turkish tyrant Erdogan. Which meant it wasn’t too hard for Erdogan’s AKP party to arrange to make an example out of a television presenter.
A Turkish TV presenter has been dismissed after coming under fire from a spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for wearing a low-cut top, which he called “unacceptable”.
AKP spokesperson Hüseyin Çelik criticised the presenter’s costume during the “Veliaht” TV program without naming her, but saying he found the outfit “extreme” because it revealed cleavage.
“We don’t intervene against anyone, but this is too much. It is unacceptable,” he said.
Following Çelik’s remarks, it was revealed that the host in question was Gözde Kansu, and rumours spread that she had been fired.
Gözde Kansu made an easy target because her outfit was risque, but she’s just a test. The AKP has made it clear that its goal is national Hijabization. And probably eventually Burkaization.
Erdogan has pushed alcohol bans, pushed the Hijab and declared that he wants to see a pious generation. So did the Taliban.