Turkey's broadcasting watchdog said on Thursday it will order Netflix to block access local to the soon-to-be-released film Cuties on grounds that it contains images of child exploitation.
The ruling came ahead of the September 9 international release of the French film on the U.S. online streaming service. It followed recent media reports of Turkish government interference in a separate planned Netflix series featuring a gay character.
The plot of Cuties centers on an 11-year-old Muslim girl who "starts to rebel against her conservative family's traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew," according to Netflix.
"It was decided unanimously that the broadcaster must remove the relevant program from its catalog," the Radio and Television High Council (RTUK) said in a statement after a meeting of the board.
Netflix could not immediately be contacted for comment on the decision.
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Turkey's Family Ministry said last month the film "may cause children to be open to negligence and abuse, and negatively impact their psychosocial development," noting it appeared like a children's movie, but had an 18+ rating.
Cuties was previously criticized internationally over its promotional poster for allegedly sexualizing 11-year-old girls. Netflix then apologized for what it called "inappropriate artwork," saying it was not representative of the film.