Turkey Gives Its Aggressive TV Censor Control Over the Web

Turkey’s parliament approved a new law on Wednesday that allows its radio and TV watchdog to vet Internet broadcasts, granting the government the ability to intervene against content by producers including Netflix Inc.

The regulation will require online video streaming companies and pay-TV services to apply for a license from the watchdog, known by its Turkish initials RTUK. Courts can block access for Turkish users if the necessary permits aren’t secured. RTUK has become notorious for aggressively handing out penalties or banning broadcasts that it judges to be immoral, inconsistent with Turkish family values, or that stray from the government line on politics.

The move is Turkey’s latest expansion into control over the media, with 80 million Turks increasingly limited in what they’re permitted to see on their computer screens and televisions. Courts and government agencies have repeatedly blocked access to Twitter and YouTube on complaints of content offensive to the nation’s leadership. Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been blocked since last year. Twitter says that Turkey submits about half of all global requests made to remove tweets, by far the most of any country.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-22/turkey-gives-its-aggressive-tv-censor-control-over-the-web

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Scientology TV Launches: “We’re Not Here to Preach to You”

The new network premiered on Monday evening with four original programs and an hourlong launch special introduced by Church leader David Miscavige.

Scientology TV, a network dedicated to the religion, officially launched Monday evening at 5 p.m. PT with a message from Church leader David Miscavige, making a rare on-camera appearance.

“We’re not here to preach to you, to convince you or to convert you,” he said. “No, we simply want to show you, because after all, the first principle of Scientology is that it’s only true if it is true to you. So, take a look and then decide for yourself.”

Promising to answer questions about the religion, programming began with the Scientology Network Launch Special, an hourlong showing off the interior of Scientology churches interspersed with brief interviews with members. Immediately following the special, the half-hour program Meet a Scientologist profiled Deering Banjo Company founders, Greg and Janet Deering.

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https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/scientology-tv-launches-david-miscavige-introduction-limited-slate-original-programming-1094101

Transparency? Check. Results? Stay tuned. Trump TV rocks DC

In a case of reality TV meets Washington, President Donald Trump is bringing television cameras into normally private White House talks with lawmakers that feature sharp debates and, seemingly, policy-making on the fly.

The meetings make Trump look engaged and interested, countering critics who have questioned his mental acuity, but they have done little to advance policy.

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/transparency-check-results-stay-tuned-trump-tv-rocks-230335212–business.html

Pew: US media bias ranks worst in the world

The survey found that just 21 percent of Americans supportive of Trump and Republicans believe the media is fair. But it also found that just 55 percent of those who don’t back Trump also believe the media is not fairly covering politics in the U.S.

In every other case, those numbers are flipped, said Pew.

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/pew-us-media-bias-ranks-worst-in-the-world/article/2645644

In China, Surveillance Feeds Become Reality TV – WSJ

BEIJING—They may be blocked from watching YouTube, but China’s 751 million internet users can binge on real-time video streams of yoga studios, swimming lessons, alpaca ranches and thousands of other scenes captured by surveillance cameras. Much of what’s available would be unthinkable in the West, according to legal experts, because people dining out, taking dance classes or shopping for lingerie would likely object to having their live images beamed publicly, and doing so without their permission could invite litigation.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-china-surveillance-feeds-become-reality-tv-1502357405