TO BAN OR NOT TO BAN: THE MASS MEDIA ETHICS OF MARRIAGE PROGRAMS IN TURKEY

Ulas Basar Gezgin

Abstract


The marriage programs are a particular case to discuss with regard to mass media ethics. There are a number of voices from different sections of the Turkish society complaining about those programs and asking for a ban. Some of these voices are academic, egalitarian, anti-capitalist, while some others are conservative, religious and/or nationalist. As of 2017, these programs were completely banned by an executive order in Turkey which is under State of Emergency due to the unsuccessful military coup of July 2016. In this article, various views on the marriage programs are delineated and elaborated. How patriarchal values were promoted in the marriage programs and the former complaints about those programs were presented and discussed, and the situation in Turkey and China with regard to the marriage and dating programs were briefly compared and contrasted. The final section of the article discusses the alternatives to the ban.


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Mass media ethics; reality shows; dating programs; marriage programs

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