Turkish media is reporting that a Turkish government religious foundation’s TV channel, known to broadcast in Europe, has recorded a nearly ten-fold increase in capital over the past three years. According to the Cumhuriyet report:
May 2, 2021 On May 17, 2018, the Turkish Diyanet Foundation established Vakıf Medya Sanat Radyo Televizyon Anonim Şirketi in the field of media. On July 2, 2018, RTÜK [Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council] issued a broadcast license to the company with the logo “Diyanet TV”. Diyanet TV started its broadcasting life on August 16, 2018, with a special broadcast held at 23:45. Diyanet TV first broadcasted via satellite frequencies allocated to TRT, and on December 1, 2018, continued its broadcasts through the TURKSAT frequencies allocated to it. Diyanet TV also reaches European countries via UTELSAT satellite and Central Asian countries via YAMAL satellite. The channel can also be found on Digitürk, D‑Smart, Tivibu, and Turkcell TV. According to Trade Registry records dated April 22, 2021, Vakıf Medya Sanat Radyo Televizyon Anonim Şirketi, the broadcaster of Diyanet TV, increased its capital to TL 25,275,000. The company was founded in May 2018 with a capital of TL 275,000. [Translated by Microsoft Translator with edits]
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The Turkish Diyanet Foundation was established in 1975 to support the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), a Turkish state institution responsible for managing religious affairs. The Diyanet was founded in 1924 to monopolize control of Sunni Islam in Turkey under the state. The Diyanet drafts a weekly sermon delivered at all of Turkey’s mosques, and their imams are civil servants employed by the state. Through organizations such as DITIB, the Diyanet provides imams and pays imams for Turkish mosques abroad. Diyanet imams have also spied on Turkey’s opponents abroad and reported back to the government.