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Turkey’s chief television and radio authority has fined a Kurdish channel for airing the Academy Award-winning film, The Pianist, the local HÃ¼rriyet daily said Sunday.
The 2002 drama, directed by Roman Polanski, is based on an autobiographical Holocaust-era memoir of the same name, by Polish-Jewish pianist and composer WÅ‚adysÅ‚aw Szpilman.
The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÃœK) said in their decision fining GÃ¼n TV that the film, which recounts the author’s survival, despite internment in a concentration camp, is “too brutal.”
Opposition CHP party representative, Ali Ã–ztunc, termed RTÃœK’s decision as “ridiculous,” in an interview with HÃ¼rriyet.
“The world is going to laugh at, or make fun of RTÃœK for this ruling, just as we became a laughingstock over the Rihanna-Shakira clip,” he charged.
Oztunc was referring a previous controversial RTÃœK ruling, in which the broadcasting watchdog fined two Turkish TV channels for airing a music video by Rihanna and Shakira which the Turkish media watchdog deemed too provocative for local consumption.
Ã–ztunc said the world has barely forgotten that controversy, and now RTÃœK has done it again, banning a film which the world has seen and admired.
Source:: The Algemeiner