Turkey: THY stops distribution of daily Zaman on its planes

For criticizing the government over the corruption scandal

23 December, 17:57

    (ANSAmed) – ISTANBUL, DECEMBER 23 - Turkey’s flagship carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) has put an embargo on dailies affiliated with the Fethullah Gulen Movement, which has been in at odds with the government of Prime Minister Rece Tayyip Erdogan over an ongoing corruption investigation, Cihan News Agency reported.

    The airline, 74% of which is owned by the state, had already stopped delivering the English-language daily Today’s Zaman in airport terminals and on planes before slashing the distribution of its Turkish sibling, daily Zaman, by two-thirds, Cihan reported. Dogan News Agency quoted the Turkish Airlines Press Office as saying Zaman, Today’s Zaman and another publication with links to the Gulen movement, Bugun, will remain in the free daily selection presented at terminal buildings, but the company will not hand out the newspapers inside the planes as of today.

    THY passengers can get free newspapers by showing their tickets after passing through a security check at the international terminal, but the company also distributes a limited selection of newspapers for business class passengers inside the plane.

    According to the press office, these dailies will only be removed from this selection. Zaman, Today’s Zaman and Bugun have vocally criticized the government over the corruption scandal, warning authorities to avoid interference in the legal process.


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