ISTANBUL:Turkey’s state television channel stopped broadcasting an ambitious TV drama series about the country’s spy agency following warnings from police about a possible jihadist threat, local media reported on Monday.
TRT stopped airing the “Kizilelma” (“The Red Apple”) just three weeks after Turkish national police urged the company to take measures against the threats the drama could pose by drawing the wrath of ISIL militants, the Milliyet daily reported on its website.
In a memo titled “hostility toward ISIL in Turkish dramas” and dated April 28, the police said ISIL militants were represented in Kizilelma as a gang slaughtering and terrorising people and were being “humiliated”, according to Milliyet. The show, which made its debut in January amid great fanfare and chronicled the missions of a Turkish spy agency in Syria, Iran, Iraq, was taken off air in May with the official reason “low ratings”.
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