Turkey's internet censor has warned online audio streaming giant Spotify to censor its content in line with Turkish legislation or risk critical items being removed or cut.
The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) said that it will consider
removing or cutting all content found inappropriate.
Spotify has gained a wide audience recently as one of the last remaining outlets for free speech in Turkey, especially with its podcasts providing critical reporting and commentary on Turkish
Cathryn Grothe, research associate at Freedom House, commented that the move is part of a long decline in internet freedom, characterized by restrictive regulations such as the social media law, blocked websites, and
heavy-handed crackdowns on independent media and journalists. She said:
Streaming services such as Spotify create a unique space where people can express themselves, relate to loved ones and friends over shared music
or podcasts, and engage on a range of important issues, including human rights and politics.