Producer of TV drama that irked Erdoğan among those detained in police raids
'These people are so immoral that they could put our Prophet in a truck [depicted as a beam of light],' Erdoğan said last year, excoriating a controversial TV drama aired by a Gülen-affiliated station.The producer of a television drama that drew the ire of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was among scores of media figures detained in a police raid on Dec. 14.
Police took Salih Asan into custody in his home in the western Turkish province of Eskişehir early morning.
The popular drama's director Engin Koç was also detained in Eskişehir.
Meanwhile, Makbule Çam Alemdağ, scriptwriter of another Samanyolu drama named "Tek Türkiye," and her assistant Elif Yılmaz were detained in the eastern province of Van.
Beside "Sungurlar," Salih Asan was the producer of "Tek Türkiye," as well as a more controversial drama called "Şefkat Tepe."
“Şefkat Tepe” (literally translated as Affection Hill) had depicted the Prophet Muhammad as a beam of light in a scene aired in January, prompting the Konya Governor’s Office to cancel permission to shoot in the Central Anatolian province and triggering an avalanche of "blasphemy" allegations in the pro-government media.
"Şefkat Tepe" is an action drama based on a story revolving around a fictional military unit in Turkey. Led by an army captain named Serdar Mert, the unit is called "Sungurlar" – hence the spin-off that is still on air – and conducts military operations in Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).