Turkey's Radio and Television Supreme Council, or RTÜK, recently confirmed that they had requested Netflix remove a gay character from the Turkish teen drama Ask 101 (Love 101) -- and that Netflix had complied.
Main character Osman, played by
Selahattin Pasali, had been originally conceived of as gay, but it appears that any scenes which actually say so have now been cut.
An anonymous RTÜK official said the problem about that character has been removed.
On July 18, reports from Turkish media indicated that Netflix was canceling the
popular drama Ask 101 (Love 101). RTUK, the country's broadcasting regulator, demanded that the streaming platform should censor the character in the series.
The director of the series, Ece Yörenç, told Fasikül, a Turkish entertainment website, that
it was "very scary" that the production of series can be halted because of a gay character. The director argued that RTUK was unreasonable because no gay intimacy even takes place in the show.
Netflix is yet to release an official statement
regarding Love 101 or whether they will continue their service in Turkey despite the increasingly strict censorship laws.
An Egyptian belly-dancer has been given three-year jail term for her social media postings that supposedly 'incited debauchery'
Sama el-Masry was accused of posting suggestive images that violated family values. She says she will appeal against her
sentence and that the images had been stolen from her phone.
She was also fined 300,000 Egyptian pounds (£15,000) for supposedly inciting debauchery and immorality. Shew was a victim of a government crackdown on social media postings.
arrested in April during an investigation into videos and photos on social media, including the popular video-sharing platform TikTok, that the public prosecution described as sexually suggestive.