World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has dismissed criticisms over a recently adopted law which limits sales and advertisements of alcohol in the country, saying the law does not bring a ban on alcohol.
“This law is not a ban, as some have been saying. It is not interference in lifestyle either. Nobody should make this alcohol regulation a matter of identity,” Erdoğan said on Tuesday addressing his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputies at a weekly meeting.
He added that the government is only trying to fulfill its responsibility of protecting the country's youth.
The law proposed by the AK Party government seeking limitations on the consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco was approved by Parliament on Friday, introducing strict restrictions on the sale of alcoholic beverages and penalties for those violating the law.
The government says it drafted the bill in order to protect children and young people from the harmful effects of alcoholic consumption.
According to the law, campaigns, promotions or events that aim to encourage the use or sale of these products will not be allowed.
Companies that produce, import or market alcoholic beverages will not be permitted to sponsor events using the brand or logo of their products.
These companies will also not be allowed to offer free alcoholic beverages as a promotion or giveaway. Violation of this section of the law will incur a fine of between TL 5,000 and TL 200,000.
No images of alcoholic beverages will be allowed in TV series, movies or music clips, and any that do appear will be blurred.
In addition, the sale of alcoholic beverages will be banned between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Those caught violating this section will incur a fine of between TL 20,000 and TL 100,000.Last Mod: 28 Mayıs 2013, 13:32