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August 4, 2006

The Pianist does not play in tune with the islamos of Turkey.

Filed under: Tyrkiet — limewoody @ 7:57 pm

Istanbul, 3 August (AKI) – Turkish state television broadcaster TRT’s decision to drop from its programme schedule the Oscar-winning film “The Pianist” which deals with the Holocaust, has drawn criticism by those who say the axing was prompted by government pressure. The film which tells the story of a young Polish Jewish pianist who escapes the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis during World War II was scheduled to be shown on Wednesday night. But without prior announcement an American film “Wall Street” was broadcast in its place.

Last week the daily Yeni Safak, which is considered close to government said the decision to show The Pianist represented “bad timing while Israel was continuing its bombing campaign in Lebanon.”

On Thurday the liberal daily Radikal attacked TRT’s decision to pull the film questioning its independence by suggesting that it had buckled to pressure from Yeni Safak.

TRT refused to comment on the reasons for its decision, but one official said the broadcaster had recieved many calls from the public asking it not to show the film.

TRT and several private TV channels have shown the film, which was made in 2002 and won three Academy Awards, including Best Director for Roman Polanski, several times in the past.

The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been highly criticial of Israel since it began its intervention in Lebanon three weeks ago.

Traditionally Turkey is one of the few Islamic nations to have had good relations with Israel.

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