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Turkey’s state-run news agency under fire for irregular poll coverage

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency is under fire for its bizarre coverage of the Istanbul mayoral race, during which the agency stopped reporting polling results when it became clear the opposition was bound for victory.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency was the only news agency that broadcast voting data on the night of the local elections in Turkey. Its reporters were present at polling stations throughout the country, delivering live data on electoral results. Yet, in a bizarre move, Anadolu Agency stopped updating its voting data for 10 hours in the super-tight mayoral race in Istanbul, in which the opposition candidate was taking the clear lead.

It has been three days since the game-changing elections, and Anadolu Agency has yet to respond to citizens who feel their tax money was spent to promote the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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