Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya prevented a FOX TV reporter to record her voice during a speech she made on the sidelines of an Istanbul event on Nov 29.
“Take it out. I am not going to talk to that,” Kaya said pointing to a FOX TV mic, and told the reporter: “Don’t take it personal. It has nothing to do with you.”
Kaya’s embargo came weeks after the FOX TV anchorman Ismail Küçükkaya implied that the minister’s husband had used the controversial mobile app, ByLock.
To the government, ByLock is a communication tool among followers of the Gülen movement, accused by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of leading the July 15, 2016 failed coup. Thousands of people including Taner Kilic, the chairman of Amnesty International’s Turkey branch have been arrested over ByLock use so far.
Denying the claims of divorcing her husband over ByLock use, Minister Kaya tweeted that “the allegations of some media organs about my husband and I are false. I am taking legal action against this smear campaign.”
Küçükkaya apologized for tweeting about the minister’s private life while standing by his claim that Kaya’s husband used ByLock.