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Journalist Enver Aysever, Hürriyet photo

Journalist Enver Aysever, Hürriyet photo

The Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTÜK) has fined private broadcaster CNN Türk for "insulting the Prophet Muhammad" in a TV show presented by Enver Aysever, daily Radikal has reported.

RTÜK ruled that the Prophet Muhammad was insulted during the show broadcast on Oct. 15, during which journalist Sevan Nişanyan was a guest. Aysever and Nişanyan were discussing the controversial film, "The Innocence of Muslims," which caused harsh reactions in across the Muslim world a few months ago.

The ruling declared that Nişanyan's statements "exceeded the boundaries of freedom of expression" and found them "insulting and injurious" to society. RTÜK based its decision on the clause of its legislation stating that "exclusion cannot be applied based on any language, religion or sect."

RTÜK also recently fined private broadcaster CNBC-E for airing an episode of the popular American sitcom The Simpsons that "made fun of God."

December/13/2012

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Faruk Beisser

12/14/2012 10:19:39 AM

Wonderful comments here! They made my day! Thank you, especially Ummah. And Sieg Heil Gülen/Erbakan AKP, keep up the good work turning Turkey into another Iran!

JRC JRC

12/13/2012 11:06:02 PM

@Ummah Muslim. Bankrupt EU? You are aware, I assume, that Turkey is still far behind the EU in all measures of quality of life, and even in economic terms? Your view is patently based on hatred which blinds you to reality. And tell me,who decides what is an insult, who has the authority to measure such a thing? One person's view is different to another, therefore I can say that your opinion of the EU is insulting, and you should be fined.

Nikos T.

12/13/2012 9:56:14 PM

The sadest thing is that Turkish society is getting used to this. @Ummah Muslim, If Turkey doesn't want to become an EU member she should stop trying. However I (and the majority of Europeans) agree that Turkey does not belong to Europe and must not ever become a member. If I were Turkish of course I would hope for EU to accept my country. Imagine what the case will be if Turkey gets bankrupt outside the union.

fatma da

12/13/2012 8:36:14 PM

thanks RTUK..now that our prophet dignity is back we can all be at ease..without you who would save our souls...thank you very much again...

mike alexander

12/13/2012 6:29:45 PM

Brian, either you have freedom of expression or you do not have. Simply in Turkey, you do not have it. JRC, Turkey will never become an EU member under the trio (Erdogan, Davodoglu, Bagis). Simply, because they are Islamists, and those people are NOT welcome in the EU ! Have any one of you heart that in the West somebody was fined or went to the prison because they insulted Christ ? NO !

Brit in Turkey

12/13/2012 6:22:24 PM

It is a good way to rake in some cash. I wonder where it goes.

mara mcglothin

12/13/2012 4:44:03 PM

A very sad state of affairs!

Roxy R

12/13/2012 4:42:09 PM

Are you people talking seriously? stop saying it's because of Islam or AKP, there's no universal freedom of speech, not in Europe, not in America, there has ALWAYS been boundaries everywhere!!! try saying you don't like jews in Europe and see what's gonna happen. Ask John Galliano.

Ummah Muslim

12/13/2012 4:09:19 PM

Turkey is not that stupid to become a member of the bankrupt EU. We don't want to join the bankrupt EU. And no one can insult our prophet in our muslim country.

iskander chasles

12/13/2012 3:14:50 PM

How exactly is it possible to insult the dead and how do we know they beleive themselves to have been insulted? This seems, on the face of it, to be a fabulous gain for Philosophy- the ability to know the mind of the defunct-how is it arrived at?
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