Turkey’s media watchdog warns against broadcasting LGBT ballad

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has contacted all music televisions in Turkey to tell them they should not run the latest video released by Turkish singer Mabel Matiz, who is popular among the country’ LGBT community, RTÜK member İlhan Taşçı said in a tweet.

“They do not outright ban the video so they could walk back if necessary,” said Taşçı, who represents the main opposition party in the regulatory body.

The song about starcrossed lovers does not mention a specific gender but the video has Matiz and another man in intimate poses.

Conservative groups had targeted the artist for what they called normalising homosexuality, launching a campaing under the hashtag “#MabelMatizHaddiniBil”, which translates to “Know your place”.

“After protests from our digital famil, RTÜK banned Mabel Matiz’s homosexual video. They called music channels and informed them that those who broadcast the video would face heavy fines,” conservative writer Said Ercan said in a tweet.

During the month of June, which is celebrated as Pride Month in Turkey as well, more than 10 LGBT events have been banned by authorities and more than 500 activists have been detained for attending a pride march in Istanbul, LGBT rights advocates KaosGL said in a statement denouncing the ban.

“Mabel’s song Karakol is a carnation flower blooming in the midst of this spiral of hate and violence,” KaosGL said.

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