Netflix has removed an episode of the Designated Survivor, an American political thriller drama television series, from its streaming service in Turkey upon a demand from the country’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK).
The show’s 7th episode in season two depicts that a fictitious Turkish president, portreyed by Troy Caylak, accuses the POTUS, portreyed by Kiefer Sutherland, of granting asylum to a Turkish citizen who he accuses of masterminding a coup attempt in his country. The Turkish president then attempts to manipulate the US President into returning his political opponent back to Turkey. The POTUS refuses demand, and asks his guards to walk the Turkish president out of his office.
The episode is only removed in Turkey. It’s still available in all other countries.
The episode was referring to the Turkish government’s ongoing fight against the Gülen group and its US-based leader Fethullah Gülen, who is accused of orchestrating a 2016 coup attempt. Amid an ongoing witch-hunt targeting the group’s members in Turkey, more than 90,000 people have been jailed while more than 150,000 have been removed from state posts due to alleged Gülen links since the coup attempt. Turkish government is also seeking the extradition of Gulen himself from the United States.