CNN Turk fined over lawyer Eli’s PKK comments on Ahmet Hakan’s show

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTanduK) has fined CNN Tandurk news channel over Ahmet Hakanandrsquos program which was attended by Diyarbakir Bar Association head Tahir Elandci, who was officially charged with disseminating terrorist propaganda after he said the Kurdistan Workersandrsquo Party (PKK) is not a terrorist organization.
RTanduK on Wednesday ordered the channel to pay TL 700,000 after it decided that Ahmet Hakanandrsquos and”Neutral Zoneand” program on Oct. 14 violated RTanduKandrsquos rules which say a terrorist group cannot be praised. If the channel repeats the same offense, its license will reportedly be cancelled.
Commenting on the fine,and” Neutral Zoneand” host Ahmet Hakan said RTanduKandrsquos decision is totally wrong. and”We cannot know beforehand what a guest will say during the live program. He or she can say everything. What is important is to object and to voice all opponent views,and” he said.
While debating the topic of the PKK, Elandci stated: and”The PKK is not a terrorist organization. Rather, it is an armed political organization which has large local support.and” His statements received strong criticism from both the debaters and viewers of the show.
Elandci was detained late last month for his remarks on the show. He was released a day later pending trial. However, the lawyer was placed under judicial supervision and banned from going abroad after being referred to court for arrest on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda. The indictment, prepared by the BakirkandOy Public Prosecutorand’s Office and sent to the BakirkandOy 2nd High Criminal Court, seeks a prison sentence of between one-and-a-half years to seven-and-a-half years.
An investigation was launched into Elandci after his statements, and the BakirkandOy Chief Public Prosecutorand’s Office last Monday asked the BakirkandOy 2nd Penal Court of Peace to issue a detention warrant for Elandci. The court complied with the request and issued the warrant. The PKK is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.


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