BBC: Please stop your partnership with biased NTV News in Turkey
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Peter Horrocks, Director,
Global News

BBC: Please stop your partnership with biased NTV News in Turkey

    1. Ziad Dajani
    2. Petition by

      Ziad Dajani

      London, United Kingdom

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June 2013

Victory

BBC suspends partnership with NTV! Thank you to the nearly 10,000 people who signed the petition and helped keep the pressure on the BBC. Thank you to the journalists from the BBC Turkish service who, by preparing the report on Gezi Park and press freedom (which NTV then blocked), demonstrated to the BBC's management what independence and impartiality really mean. Thank you to the Gezi protestors for revealing and protesting the biased agenda of the mainstream media in Turkey. For two weeks BBC management did nothing while NTV censored the protest outbreak, doctored images of protest banners and failed to interview protestors on screen. They stood by NTV and only acted when it would have been impossible not to. To help make sure that the suspension is permanent and to ensure the BBC investigates why they ended up supporting NTV for so long we will be submitting the petition to the BBC Trust as a formal complaint. Thanks again, and please continue to support the Gezi protestors.

- BBC, NTV ile olan ortaklığını fes etmeli.
- We call on the BBC to cancel its partnership with NTV in Turkey.

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WHY?

The BBC's relationship with NTV has become a joke:

1. NTV has now even censored the BBC's own news programme! It has refused to broadcast the BBC Turkce daily news on 14/6 because it included a report on Gezi Park and press freedom. This comes days after Peter Horrocks, Head of BBC Global News said: "the BBC sought and received assurances from NTV that BBC programming would continue to be broadcast in full and without interference."

2. NTV has shown blatant bias throughout the protests. The BBC's own coverage says NTV has "steered clear of covering the demonstrations" and is "loth to irritate the government because their owners' business interests at times rely on government support."

3. Even NTVhas admitted that its lack of coverage of the outbreak of large scale and unprecedented protests in the centre of Turkey’s largest city was in direct response to political pressure.

4. The BBC guidelines clearly state: "Any external relationship must not undermine the BBC’s core values of impartiality, editorial integrity, and independence."

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= BBC, NTV şimdi de seni sansürlüyor! Bu ortaklığı artık fes et! İmza kampanyasını paylaşın ve RT chn.ge/133Edar #gezi

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Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. 5000 signatures reached! Re-share and re-tweet to pressure BBC/NTV further

      Ziad Dajani
      Petition Organizer

      - İmza Kampanyası Katılın!: BBC, NTV ile olan ortaklığını askıya almalı chn.ge/133Edar

      - Sign petition: BBC - stop your partnership with biased NTV News in Turkey chn.ge/133Edar

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures
    4. BBC says NTV partnership under ongoing review

      Ziad Dajani
      Petition Organizer

      The BBC has stated that its partnership with NTV is "under review" in response to our petition that has now been signed by over 3500 people!

      This is still NOT good enough as the BBC has said that "at present" it has made the "difficult decision" that "it is better for our audiences that the BBC is broadcasting via NTV in Turkey than if it were not."

      NTV bias continues - help put further pressure on the BBC and NTV by tweeting and sharing these messages:

      - İmza Kampanyası Katılın!: BBC, NTV ile olan ortaklığını askıya almalı chn.ge/133Edar

      - Sign petition: BBC - stop your partnership with biased NTV News in Turkey chn.ge/133Edar

      We have asked the BBC for a further response.

      You can read:
      1. Email from Peter Horrocks (7/6/13), Head of BBC Global News (in English): http://goo.gl/CJrv9

      2. Response to the BBC (8/6/13): http://goo.gl/5Ykal

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. Decision-maker BBC responds:

      BBC

      “The BBC is committed to fair, balanced and impartial coverage of events around the world.

      “The BBC has complete editorial independence over its programmes broadcast by NTV in Turkey. Following the start of protests in Turkey last wee...


    7. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • sedef izmirli IZMIR, TURKEY
      • about 1 year ago

      media must be free

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    • Ozlem Ozcelik LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Media should be free and not biased, if they can not be trusted to voice the truth they MUST be muted!

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    • ali güven IZMIR, TURKEY
      • about 1 year ago

      We wacthed all real news from BBC but NTV news is not objective & all interpretations of NTV Turkey programs supporting a dictator and hidden the facts that we learnt from BBC news.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Mustafa Baris Bal ISTANBUL, TURKEY
      • about 1 year ago

      NTV is the top news channel in Turkey but in the recent years it's controlled by the government that's why all the news are biased. People have the right to get the correct information regarding what's actually happening in the country.

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    • ian mac donald BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      because the outcome of the class struggle that is increasing round the world in the next decade will determine whether our species has a future or extinction. That is why the fight to achieve impartial reporting is important

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