Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT)

The Turk­ish Radio and Tele­vi­sion Cor­po­ra­tion (TRT) oper­ates TRT World, a news chan­nel found­ed in 2015 to deliv­er Turkey’s posi­tions on world events and to rival chan­nels like major news chan­nels like CNN and BBC. TRT World’s chair­man is a for­mer class­mate of Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Erdoğan’s son, Bilal. After the 2016 Turk­ish coup, the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment purged jour­nal­ists from TRT, and TRT World employ­ees have said they were pres­sured to take the government’s posi­tion on the coup, blam­ing Penn­syl­va­nia-based cler­ic Fethul­lah Gülen. TRT has offices in Eura­sia, the Mid­dle East, as well as in Ger­many, Bel­gium, the UK, and the US, where it has had to for­mal­ly reg­is­ter itself as an agent of a for­eign government.