In his statement to AA on the subject, Altun stated that they closely followed the allegations that a foundation headquartered in the United States was funded by some media institutions in Turkey.
Reminding that the Turkish Constitution guarantees the freedom to receive and impart information, Altun emphasized that free press is the backbone of democracy.
Stating that they also know that the media is an area of interest for business and foreign tutelage centers, Altun noted:
“In an environment where some foreign leaders openly express their intentions and efforts to design Turkish politics, we cannot interpret that any foreign state and organization should provide various funds to the media sector independent of profits and goals. No one should doubt that, under any pretext, neither freedom of the press nor any other pretext, We do not allow appetizers to be served on the table.We do not allow fifth column activities under new guises.
It is clear that there is a need for a regulation for the media organizations operating in our country with the funds of foreign states or institutions. It is possible to see an example of this in the United States. For example, media organizations funded by foreign states in the USA have to provide detailed information about their work to the US authorities every six months. There are various media organizations operating in similar status in Turkey, funded directly by foreign states. We will complete the necessary arrangements as soon as possible in order to protect the public order regarding these and to ensure the right of our people to the right news.”
Source: STAR.COM.TR by www.star.com.tr.
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