POLITICS > AKP deputy says ‘Muhteşem Yüzyıl’ will be off air in 2013

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News

The popular TV series based on the life of Ottoman sultan Süleyman ‘the Magnificient’ will be off the air if his proposal of a draft bill is approved by Parliament, says a lawmaker of the ruling party

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“Muhteşem Yüzyıl” is a popular TV show airing in Turkey and abroad, following the lives of the Ottoman ruler Süleyman and his love, Hürrem Sultan, focusing on Süleyman’s personal and palace life.

“Muhteşem Yüzyıl” is a popular TV show airing in Turkey and abroad, following the lives of the Ottoman ruler Süleyman and his love, Hürrem Sultan, focusing on Süleyman’s personal and palace life.

A ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Istanbul deputy has said he submitted a parliamentary petition for a law to allow the banning of the widely popular Turkish period drama “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (The Magnificent Century).

Oktay Saral said on a TV show that the law proposal he submitted would be discussed in Parliament in early 2013.

“In 2013, ‘Muteşem Yüzyıl’ will be banned from broadcast,” he said.

Erdoğan recently dished out heavy criticism of “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” for its portrayal of the Ottoman ruler Süleyman the Magnificent. “We’ve alerted the authorities on this and we await a judicial decision on it,” Erdoğan said. “Those who toy with these values should be taught a lesson within the premises of law.” His claims have been widely discussed in the media and criticized by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).

He also said this had been on the party’s agenda for a long time and that their action had nothing to do with Erdoğan’s recent comments. “We are not presenting this proposal because he made those remarks; this has been on our agenda because we have been receiving public complaints for so long.”

Saral said his proposal found support among members of opposition parties, mainly the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), as well as in the CHP.

He continued that the law would also show filmmakers how to conduct their work in compliance with Turkish family structure and moral values without humiliating Turkish youth and children.
Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines (THY) has blocked “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” from all in-flight channels following Erdoğan’s remarks, daily Hürriyet reported.

Erdoğan’s remarks

“We were about to start screening the show, but we changed our minds following the prime minister’s negative opinions,” a THY official told Hürriyet.

The series, however, still has a promotional advertisement running inside the national flag carrier’s in-flight magazine.

“The magazine had already been distributed,” the official said. “The prime minister’s statements came after that.” The Hürriyet Daily News contacted the press representatives of Turkish Airlines about the claims but did not receive a reply.

“Muhteşem Yüzyıl” is a popular TV show airing in Turkey and abroad, following the lives of the Ottoman ruler Süleyman and his love, Hürrem Sultan. The show focuses on Süleyman’s personal and palace life, portraying characters from the harem as well as from the royal family. The show’s critics claim the serial is degrading Turkish history by its caricaturesque portrayal of Sultan Süleyman in his harem.


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mara mcglothin

12/8/2012 4:41:08 PM

This reminds me of when our idiot politicians in the USA spent months debating how to define marriage, while the housing market was tanking. Don't the AKP have better things to do. Why don't they concentrate on the hard stuff and let Turkish people run their personal lives.

american american

12/8/2012 1:22:11 PM

this is a ridiculous waste of time. all this fictional show does is show a human side to a historical figure (which many nations are doing at the moment). where are these deputies when the destruction of inci and other historical sites in turkey happen in order to build new shopping malls/hair transplant centers? isn't that 'degrading turkish history'? hasn't any one heard of renovation or refurbishment?!


12/8/2012 12:59:59 PM

Dark ages will follow. Poor Turkey, Maybe the pictures shocked the PM?


12/8/2012 12:23:25 PM

I don't think that is a good idea, since by Turkish law it's not possible to close such series, the court won't allow that. But it's a fact that this serie sketches a wrong image about the daily occupation of Suleiman the Magnificent. It is sketched as if the Sultan spends 70% of his time about the issues of the Harem, which is not true at all and is kinda disturbing. Suleiman the Magnificent was called magnificent because he ruled a great empire not a great harem. Renaming the serie will help.

Jeffrey Gibbs

12/8/2012 9:56:53 AM

I think the thing that truly 'humiliates Turkey's children' (did someone really say that) and 'insults Turkey' are the people who came up with this law. They are the ones ruining the image of Turkey.


12/8/2012 9:55:04 AM

The Genie told Mr. Erdogan: "all your wishes will come true" and Mr. Erdogan made a wish, and another and another… Autocracy.

Tekion Particle

12/8/2012 9:19:25 AM

Dictatorship is at work. Show some wisdom and greatness and don’t get involved with trivial stuff. It is not a fact based documentary on history, let people enjoy their soap opera.


12/8/2012 6:59:49 AM

It is now tim for AKP to be"off the earth"

Johanna Dew

12/8/2012 5:50:43 AM

I hope that AKP understand what contracted in terminus means because when a well known TV show is popular, why of a sudden are complains about that show more relevant than its popularity? -- ''Because the people want this'' is the immature and childish and not verifiable argument of the AKP these days. Arab revolt countries scream for more freedom, the TR government is taken it away, day by day.
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