Erdoğan appoints head of media monitoring to board of press publicity agency


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday appointed the head of the country’s media watchdog a member of the board of directors of the Press Advertising Agency (BİK), a state body that distributes advertisements from the public sector in the media.

Ebubekir Şahin, the head of the Supreme Council of Turkish Radio and Television (RTÜK), is one of 12 people appointed as BİK board members, according to a notice in the Official Gazette, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported. .

Saadet Oruç, an adviser to Erdoğan, is also among those appointed to the agency’s board, according to the newspaper.

BİK has been criticized for disproportionate advertising bans against opposition media.

BİK’s General Assembly has been unable to meet for a year due to vacancies on the board, Cumhuriyet said, noting that Turkey’s main opposition leader had raised the issue earlier this year. month during a parliamentary meeting with lawmakers from his Republican People’s Party (CHP).

Because all 12 seats, filled by presidential appointment since 2018, remained vacant, BİK’s General Assembly could not convene to deal with advertising tariffs, the CHP chief said, as quoted by the newspaper.

In 2019, Şahin resigned from the board of directors of Türksat, the only communications satellite operator in Turkey, after being criticized for receiving several salaries from a public institution.

The president of RTÜK in 2020 was appointed as a member of the board of directors of the state-owned Halkbank.


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