Turkey imposes ban on TV dating shows under emergency decree

From 2014: A contestant on a Turkish television dating was asked to leave after he revealed to a shocked audience he had murdered his wife and a former lover. (Screengrab)

Turkey on Saturday banned hugely popular television dating shows under the state of emergency imposed in the wake of last year's failed coup, according to a decree published in the official gazette.

“In radio and television broadcasting services, such programmes in which people are introduced to find a friend.... cannot be permitted,” said the text of the decree. The government had already indicated it was in favor of such a ban.

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