In a written statement to Today’s Zaman, Peter Stano, spokesman for European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Füle, said:
“The right to freedom of expression includes the freedom to receive and impart information and ideas in public interest without disproportionate interference by public authority.” He also underscored that any limitations should be targeted and proportionate, and in line with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) case law.
“The independence of the media regulator has to be ensured and its decisions have to be imposed in a non-discriminatory manner,” Stano said, adding that the EC will continue to follow developments in Turkey closely and report on them in its upcoming 2014 progress report on Turkey.
On Saturday, Samanyolu Haber TV Editor-in-Chief Metin Yıkar tweeted that RTÜK had suspended 20 of the network’s programs. The penalty reportedly is the harshest in RTÜK’s history.