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Egyptian artists have initiated a boycott of Turkish soap operas to protest Turkish government’s approach towards the [Egypt’s] 30 June Revolution.

Egyptian artists have initiated a boycott of Turkish soap operas to protest Turkish government’s approach towards the [Egypt’s] 30 June Revolution.

A number of Egyptian artists and filmmakers have initiated a boycott of Turkish soap operas to protest “the position of the Turkish government towards the [Egypt’s] 30 June Revolution,” reported english.ahram.org.

Turkish television soaps are staggeringly popular and in light of recent developments in relations with Egypt, some Egyptians are now challenging this.

On 30 June, the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of Mohamed Morsi into the presidency, Egyptians took to the streets en masse calling for his ouster. Some call it a “military coup” against a democratically-elected president while others saw it as the military’s concession to the masses that condemned the Muslim Brotherhood rule as inept.


In light of the support the Turkish government has shown for Morsi, calls for a boycott have been raised by a number of production companies and the Egyptian Cinema Syndicate.

According to television director and the head of the Egyptian Cinema Syndicate Mossad Fouda, “Such an initiative was important. It received mass attention from different production companies; both private and governmental. Also, many satellite channels prevented the broadcasting of Turkish series as a protest at the Turkish intervention in Egyptian affairs and because of its negative stance towards the 30 June Revolution.”

“Many locally-made Egyptian series came under threat by Turkish soap operas, which do not offer any new artistic material,” Fouda said, another website http://www.albawaba.com reported.

Moreover, the head of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union, Shokry Abu Emera, who signed a number of Egyptian- Turkish protocols that give rights to Egyptian television to broadcast Turkish series, postponed their broadcast after Turkey’s response to the current political situation in Egypt.


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8/8/2013 2:48:52 PM

Political silliness! However, when the original Hurrem left "Magnificent Century" even I am boycotting this soap!

Agnes Smith

8/8/2013 12:55:03 PM

No worries. It is being exported to China, they will more than make up for the deficit. I am glad the Egyptians are finding a voice at last..

Hany Halim

8/8/2013 2:07:37 AM

We , in Egypt, got bored from the same Turkish scenes , Bosphorus, bridge ,and almost the same stories over and over again. Our local soaps are using newer techniques, using dirty swarings and prettier girls . So who needs dubbed Turkish series , if we can produce the same rubbish locally !!!!!! Adding on top of that , our over sensitivity against you P.M support to M.B. , and rebuking our revolution .

Red Tail

8/7/2013 7:43:31 PM

If they want to boycott Valley of the Wolves, I could understand it. Everything in that series is sooooooooo bad.

Thracian Anatolian

8/7/2013 5:37:34 PM

Mark Mark: Please refrain from making generalizations from a single case. I call tell you that there is absolutely no causal relationship or even correlation between being a liberal female and receiving a university education in Turkey. Your friends have not been truthful. Unfortunately, I failed to grasp the implication of the comment made on the number of females in holiday resorts, so I will ignore it. However, it is true that Turkey has a long way to go in female emancipation.

Suhail Shafi

8/7/2013 5:11:36 PM

I am sure Turkish soaps' popularity will skyrocket if some people want them to be boycotted.


8/7/2013 4:42:41 PM

"Many locally-made Egyptian series came under threat by Turkish soap operas" is the real reason behind this self-serving call to boycotting Turkish soaps.

Tayyar Abi

8/7/2013 4:35:17 PM

An excellent gesture. Bravo.

Thracian Anatolian

8/7/2013 3:36:44 PM

What a principled stance by the "production companies and the Egyptian Cinema Syndicate." Now I wonder, is this really an indignant stance towards those Turkish officials who were against the glamorous Egyptian revolution or is it simply business as usual? Perhaps Egyptians should work on improving their productions rather than displaying such unabashed opportunism.

Mark Mark

8/7/2013 3:29:21 PM

Good on them. turkey is going backwards. Women are next to non existent in the holidays resorts, those you can talk to complain about their difficulty as girls to get an education. Friends of ours have returned back to the UK from living in Turkey as their daughter is finding it difficult to get into University even if with high qulifications and money! The reason: liberal female.
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