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Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (The Magnificent Century). Hürriyet Photo

Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (The Magnificent Century). Hürriyet Photo

Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry has responded to the prime minister's recent suggestion that “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (The Magnificent Century) was misrepresenting Ottoman history, emphasizing the show’s number large viewership, as well as the general economic benefits of Turkish TV series.

"At the end of 2010 we had $65 mln in export revenue thanks to these T.V. series," the head of the Intellectual Property Rights Property Rights department of the ministry, Abdullah Çelik, said in a speech at the Trakya University Balkans Congress Center.

"We exported 10,500 hours of T.V. series' in 2011, however we had no export revenue in 2006," he said, adding that such series reached 150 million people in 76 countries around the world.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan dished out heavy criticism on the hit Turkish TV series, “Muhteşem Yüzyıl,” (The Magnificent Century) for its portrayal of the Ottoman ruler Süleyman on Nov. 25.
“We alerted the authorities on this and we wait for judicial decision on it,” Erdoğan said. “Those who toy with these values should be taught a lesson within the premises of law.”
Muhteşem Yüzyıl is a popular TV show airing in Turkey and abroad, which follows the lives of the Ottoman ruler Süleyman and his love Hürrem Sultan. The show focuses more on Süleyman's personal life and palace life, portraying characters from the harem, as well as from the royal family.


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alice greene

11/26/2012 11:36:00 PM

ok ok ok, maybe MUHTESEM YUZYIL should give the Turkish Prime Minister a cameo role in their TV show, just to pacify him.

Red Tail

11/26/2012 6:05:51 PM

Jim Rebel. What difference do you make between conquer and invade. In my views it means to attack a foreign country, steal, rape plunder and in other ways force the people to do things they do not want like for example religion, politics.

mara mcglothin

11/26/2012 5:24:07 PM

The esteemed always thinks he knows better what his people should see, think, watch, hear, watch, see, say and the list goes on and.....


11/26/2012 4:55:23 PM

JRC JRC@ Ottomans didn’t invade but conquered just like the other Empires. But Israel did invade Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. USA did invade Iraq and Afghanistan on be half of Israel also.

Mark Tak

11/26/2012 4:49:49 PM

Mr. Erdogan please keep it low, what kind of PM would make comments about to TV show of soap , this man has tomuch time on his hand, some one put him to work,we love this show and it is entertainment, if you want factual documentary l suggest for you to increase TRT which your party controls to put one out instead of AKP propoganda, LOL


11/26/2012 3:32:50 PM

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan always thinks he is right and everyone else is wrong. What he needs is a smart home and foreign policy advisor. Ne will also needs a translator to explain to him what Worlds press say about him.

Diren Sesel

11/26/2012 3:25:40 PM

Well Erdogan you are misrepresenting Turkey in foreign affairs.


11/26/2012 2:55:32 PM

Ottoman values included invading countries, spreading Islam and controlling every detail of the lives of those countries citizens. Are these the values he speaks of?

Hakan Salci

11/26/2012 2:11:44 PM

Soon we shall all get to watch only what our 'Great Leader' approves of; to the citizens of Turkey I ask this, really, seriously, do you want or need someone to tell you what or what you can't watch on TV, or any other media outlet for that matter? I mean the man has no shame, is utterly disrespectful of anyone else's views and has no tolerance for anyone who is not a member of his cult or party. What a fantastic PM we can all be proud of.
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