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Writer Buket Uzuner has won a case against THY’s in-flight magazine.

Writer Buket Uzuner has won a case against THY’s in-flight magazine.

Writer Buket Uzuner has won a case against a magazine distributed only in Turkish Airlines (THY) flights, for the censoring of her article criticizing an alcohol ban imposed by the Istanbul Municipality in Moda, daily Hürriyet reported yesterday.

After seeing that her article about the Moda neighborhood in Istanbul had been censored in the June 2009 edition of Skylife, the in-flight magazine on THY flights, Uzuner sent an e-mail to the magazine. The reply stated that the article was partly censored as it was about alcohol, according to daily Hürriyet.

Uzuner’s lawyer then sued THY A.Ş. for censoring her article without permission. The censored part of the article criticized the Istanbul Municipality’s ban on the sale of alcohol in Moda. THY lawyers claimed that the censoring was decided on to protect the image of the country. A section of the article praising a restaurant was also censored. THY lawyers claimed that the aim was to remove any advertisement.

The court decided in favor of Uzuner, ruling that the article, titled “An Istanbul classic on the Anatolian side: Moda,” was a literary work. It also decided to cancel the June 2009 edition of Skylife and republish the article’s entire version.


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mara mcglothin

2/25/2013 5:18:45 PM

RICHARD WYATT If they found the article offensive then they should have omitted the whole thing and not taken it upon themselves to change it. Too bad Turkey doesn't see fit to omit certain comments from the esteemed PM and some of his buddies "to protect the image" of the country. Just think of all the backwardness that could have been covered up had the World not had the opportunity to hear the drivel coming from Bagis and Davutoglu and others.

Geir Fugleberg

2/23/2013 8:51:17 PM

THYhas got very close links to the rulers of Turkey,this is a capital intensive company that is frantically expanding by selling seats rediculously cheap. In spite of expanding at an Incredible rate it is posting better and better results each and every quarter. This kind of expantion is simply not possible whitouth loosing money in the medium time perspectiv. I strongly suspect that the profits of THY are due to transfers from the AKP state for book cooking purpuses.

MR Somalia

2/23/2013 2:08:27 PM

Some people like to make minor things big issue just for attention. Those criticizing THY and AKP are only driven by one thing they hate for anything Islamic hence Islamic-phobic. They have no idea that in 2003, no one even heard of THY. Thanks to AKP and THY forward thinking, today it flies 98 countries including Somalia, that's more than any other airline. It is set to become global brand like Coca Cola. The fact is hard to face so they just attack without reasoning.


2/23/2013 1:30:00 PM

judge must be high to go against .....

Brit in Turkey

2/23/2013 11:02:14 AM

If THY didn't like the article why not just leave it out? They gave their game away by censoring it. I wonder if the original copy of the magazine will become a collectors item?

sam stevens

2/23/2013 10:50:04 AM

"censoring was decided on to protect the image of the country" Is this in Iran ??? Unbelievable ..... someone should write an article on : The disintegration of Turkeys Democracy'.

two sides to every coin

2/23/2013 10:44:33 AM

pathetic, and their answer (to protect the image of the country) THY and AKP are doing a grand job of showing the world that Turkey wants to be another Iran styled dictatorship.

Richard Wyatt

2/23/2013 9:56:44 AM

Interesting article and court decision. I would have thought that THY were free to publish whatever they wanted in their own magazine. I suppose the ban in question relates to the takeover of Moda İskelesi by İstanbul Büyük Belediyesi, and the removal of alcohol sales there. The ban doesn't apply to the whole of Moda, although alcohol prices are now so high, that, I for one, avoid ordering alcoholic beverages outdoors. Seems such a waste of money, and why pay tax unnecessarily?

Faruk Beisser

2/23/2013 9:23:04 AM

Oh, oh, that is a decision against the ruling Gülen/Erbakan AKP and AKPTHY, wow! Isn't that terrorism? That court better watch out, or it'll be in Silivri as terrorist.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

2/23/2013 1:30:34 AM

THY cannot even publish an article criticizing alcohol ban (by a municipality) without censuring parts of it. This is a good answer to bloggers who were tying to interpret the elimination of alcoholic beverages by THY just as a business decision. The airlines that don't serve alcohol for business purposes do not alter articles criticizing alcohol ban. THY is at the forefront of the religious war against the alcohol use in Turkey.
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