Turkey to ban TV DATING shows in latest sign that the country is sliding towards hard-line Islam

The Turkish government is to ban several popular television dating shows which do not fit in with ‘traditions and customs’.

Matchmaking reality shows like Ne Çikarsa Bahtina (Luck of the Draw) are very popular in Turkey but there have been tens of thousands of complaints and the ruling AKP sees them as out of kilter with the Islamic values it has introduced after decades of secularism.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said: ‘There are some strange programmes that would scrap the institution of family, take away its nobility and sanctity.’

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