Istanbul: Turkey`s increasingly stringent television watchdog has fined a national private channel over a show where the characters discussed the merits of strawberry-flavoured condoms, the Hurriyet daily reported Saturday.
TV 2 was fined 12,353 Turkish lira ($5,320) for broadcasting the segment from the French-produced comedy sketch show "Vous Les Femmes", which in Turkish is broadcast as "Ah Biz Kadinlar" and in English-speaking countries as "Women!".
"There was a discussion on the topic of strawberry condoms. There should have been warning, given this was during the period when children are watching," it said in its ruling quoted by Hurriyet`s website.
Turkey`s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) has been accused in recent months of imposing moral censorship in recent months for a number of stern rulings.
It also slapped the same 12,353 Turkish lira fine on two Turkish subscription channels -- one for broadcasting a movie scene with a naked man and woman and the other for a scene where a man had sex with two women, Hurriyet said.
The rulings came amid growing complaints by the opposition of a moral clampdown in Turkey`s officially secular society under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a pious Muslim.
The RTUK in November rebuked one of the country`s most popular soap operas -- "Kara Para Ask" (Black Money Love) -- for a passionate kissing scene deemed excessively erotic.