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AKP REGIME’S CENSORSHIP ATTEMPT ABOUT THE SERIES ON PRISONS BEFORE IT IS EVEN RELEASED

AKP regime covers up allegations of torture and maltreatment in Turkey’s prisons. The Ministry of Justice intervened the TV series to be released which is about the life of women prisoners. The TV series is named ‘Avlu’ (Prison Yard) and to be released on Star TV on 29 March. However, the Ministry of Justice signed a petition and sent to the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) for censorship of the series even before it started. According to daily Cumhuriyet’s news Şaban Yılmaz, General Director of Penal and Detention Houses sent a letter to the RTÜK and demanded that the necessary precautions be taken without publishing the series, claiming that the prison staff were represented as ‘torturers’, and the institutions were represented as ‘torture centres’.

Maltreatment and torture in Turkey’s prisons which hosts tens of thousands of women and hundreds of babies are recorded in reports of international human rights watchdogs.

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