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Turkey’s belly dancers can't shake government TV censors

Gone are the days where belly dancers appeared on Turkish TVs as part of the country's New Year's Eve celebrations.
Didem Kinali

As the New Year approaches, Turkey’s globally acclaimed belly-dancing queen Didem Kinali has the blues. “I miss being on television so much. If need be, I would perform for free. If need be, I would cover every exposed part of my body. I wish to engage in my art,” she declared at a news conference this week.

Turkey’s national channels traditionally air colorful entertainment shows on New Year's Eve, and belly dancers have long been the highlight for millions of Turkish families who celebrate the event at home.

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