Turkish FM: Turkey not 'based on censorship,' won't ban anti-Israel TV show

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October 16, 2009 19:35

Turkey on Friday shrugged off angry protests from Israel about a Turkish television drama that portrays IDF soldiers as cruel and repressive and has deepened tension between the Jewish state and its key Muslim ally. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey is not "based on censorship" and that the state has no right to comment on the quality of broadcasts or the opinions expressed in them. "The Foreign Ministry is not an advisory body for TV series," he said a day after Israel rebuked Turkey's acting ambassador, warning the series could incite attacks against Jews visiting Turkey.

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