Turkey - two television stations successfuly challenge fines..

February 17, 2010 - Two Turkish television stations have successfully challenged fines imposed on them for airing shows that were said to have featured tobacco smoking.

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The $33,000 fines were levied by the Supreme Board of Radio and Television against E2, which airs ‘Mad Men’, and TV8, which airs the French cartoon, ‘Tin Tin’. The stations argued that the various programs had been produced before the on-air smoking ban was instituted.

Additionally, the required practice of blurring out cigarettes was criticized as counterproductive by one of the board's members, who said the distortion attracted even more attention.

Reference: Turkey fines channel for smoking villians in Tin Tin, HurriyetDailyNews, 2/16/2010; Tin Tin avoids Sing Sing, Tobacco Reporter, 2/17/2010.

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