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A TV anchor has been fired by a Turkish news channel after presenting with her Starbucks cup in frame on the newsdesk on Christmas Eve.

Award-winning journalist Meltem Gunay, 45, who presented for local channel TGRT Haber, and the director of the news program were both fired, the media outlet announced.

The popular coffee company has been boycotted in Turkey, and by Palestinian advocates over perceived support of Israel — which the company denies.

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Istanbul-based TGRT Haber said in a statement that it “has an understanding that knows the sensitivities of the Turkish people regarding Gaza and defends them to the end.”

Award-winning journalist Meltem Gunay, 45, who presented for local channel TGRT Haber, and the director of the news program were both fired, the media outlet announced.  Credit: TGRT Haber

“In accordance with the principles of our institution, it is strictly forbidden for the announcer to present on TGRT News TV in a way that will covertly advertise any company,” the statement continued.

“The news anchor and director who acted contrary to this principle were terminated for just cause.

“We do not approve of this action of the presenter and director, whose employment contracts were terminated, and we strongly condemn it.

An activist on the roof of a Starbucks in Manchester in November 2023. Credit: SOPA Images/SOPA Images

“From now on, our institution will continue to stand by the Gaza and Turkish people and protect their sensitivities until the end.”

It comes after Starbucks’ chief executive Laxman Narasimhan shared a statement earlier this month regarding people protesting outside stores over the Israel-Hamas war.

He claimed protestors were being misled by false information spread online about the company’s positions.

Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan. Credit: JP Yim/Getty Images

“We see protestors influenced by misrepresentation on social media of what we stand for,” Narasimhan said in a letter to Starbucks employees and customers.

“Cities around the world — including here in North America — have seen escalating protests.

“Many of our stores have experienced incidents of vandalism.

“We have worked with local authorities to ensure our partners and customers are safe.”

-With CNN

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