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Kurtului Tayanandc andcaliiir, a Supreme Court of Appeals prosecutor, has filed a criminal complaint against Akit TV, alleging the station publicly insulted Mustafa Kemal Atatandurk, the founder of the Turkish Republic.
The pro-government Akit TV station publicly insulted Atatandurk while covering the 77th anniversary of Atatandurkand’s death. The expression and”Tyranny ended in 1938and” was used during the broadcast, in reference to the date of Atatandurkand’s death.
andcaliiir stated in the complaint that Akit TV publicly insulted Atatandurkand’s legacy through media, adding that the station committed the crime of andquotinciting the population to breed enmity or hatred or denigration,and” in reference to Article 216 of Turkish Penal Code (TCK). andcaliiir emphasized that public prosecutors must individually carry out investigations about the incident and that more public cases must be filed against the TV station.
This comes following a similar complaint filed on Nov. 11 by a Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) deputy against a number of people from Akit TV, including Managing Director Ali andOzken and producer and presenter Ahmet Keser.
and”The expression andlsquoTyranny ended in 1938and’ was used by the Akit TV station while covering news of the 77th anniversary of Atatandurkand’s death at 9:10 a.m. on Nov. 10, 2015. The expression contains insults against the personality of Mustafa Kemal Atatandurk, the founder of the Turkish Republic,and” CHP deputy Ali Haydar Hakverdi stated in the complaint submitted to the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutorand’s Office.
On Nov. 10, social media users launched a campaign focusing on Akit TVand’s likening Atatandurk to a tyrant. Social media users reached out to the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTanduK) via its website and telephone complaint line about the insulting statement.
Soon after the complaints, RTanduK fined Akit TV. According to media reports, the council will also cancel the broadcasting license of the TV station of it violates the law again.


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