Turkish PM rules against media hate

By Sami Kohen, May 21, 2010

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned government and municipal authorities not to discriminate against non-Muslims, and instructed the country's judicial authorities to act against print and broadcast material that provokes racial and religious hatred.

"Although legal readjustments were made on matters concerning the non-Muslim minorities in our democratisation programme, it has been noticed that these have not been fully implemented," he said in a decree.

Just last month, Jewish community leaders visited Mr Erdogan and raised the question of antisemitic material in the media. A statement issued by the communal council welcomed Mr Erdogan's initiative.

Last updated: 2:48pm, May 21 2010