Last update – 04:05 17/10/2009
Turkey: We won’t cancel TV show depicting Israelis as killers
By Haaretz Service and News Agencies
Tags: Israel News, Middle East
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday that a controversial television drama which shows actors dressed as Israeli soldiers killing Palestinian children will not be taken off the air.
The TV program Ayrilik (“Separation”) shows Israeli soldiers killing Palestinian children in Gaza. In one of the scenes, an Israeli soldier shoots an unarmed little girl at point-blank range.
Davutoglu withdrew responsibility from his government regarding this issue, saying the matter is up to the Turkish Radio and Television Corp., the state-run broadcaster which is airing the show.
“This is a matter to be evaluated entirely as part of their broadcast policies. Turkey does not have censorship,” he said, while speaking to reporters in Ankara.
Turkish State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said earlier Friday that his country’s ties with Israel have always been strong and will surely remain that way in the future, according to Anotolia news agency.
“Any stance of Turkey against Israel is out of the question,” Arinc was quoted as saying.
Arinc is responsible for the state-run broadcaster TRT on which a controversial series is aired.