"> Name: Banned Songs Played in Turkey Billions of Turkish Lire Levied in Fines

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


Artist: Local Turkish Television Station Gün TV in Diyarbakir.

Confronting Bodies: Diyarbakir Criminal Court No.2 and the Turkish Ministrey of Culture.

Date of Action: February 2002

Specific Location: Diyarbakir Turkey

Description of Artwork: A song called "De Xalo" (Uncle), as well as 11 other non-disclosed songs.

Description of Incident: On 6 February, Diyarbakir Criminal Court No.2 continued to hear the case of the executives of the local TV station Gün TV in Diyarbakir. The court decided not to be responsible to hear this case. Television executives, Baki Demirhan, Nevzat Bingöl, Osman Özsat, Zafer Gür and Semsettin Yildirim were charged with insulting the armed forces (a violation of article 159 of the Turkish Penal Code) for playing the song "De Xalo" (Uncle) on 4 October 2001. The managing director Cemal Dogan was fined TL 34 billion 285 million because of 11 songs played on the station. The fine was reportedly due to violation of the Article 9/2 of the Law on Cinema, Video and Music Productions.

Results of Incident: Dogan the managing director of teh station stated that since the station had never received the list of banned songs from the Ministry of Culture, he would not pay the fine.


Submitted By: Peter Silverman NCAC

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