August 28, 2018
Turkish national broadcaster stops showing Westerns
Turkey’s state broadcaster has stopped showing cowboy films, which the channel has aired on Sundays since the 1980s.
The decision was taken in response to the current crisis between the United States and Turkey, which has seen the United States demand the release of citizens held in Turkey, the imposition of sanctions on two Turkish ministers and added tariffs on metal imports from Turkey. Turkey has responded with largely reciprocal measures.
In place of Westerns, TRT announced that it plans to broadcast Turkish movies.
News of the decision elicited numerous reactions on social media. Yüksel Aytuğ, a journalist working for a media group closely linked to the government published a reader’s letter stating, “Cowboy films have a mission. They make enemies of and kill the innocent and then declare themselves heroes. We should bring this situation to an end. TRT should show this sensitivity.”