Journalist Oktay Candemir was on Sept. 7 detained in his home in the eastern province of Van for his social media posts and articles said to be critical of the Ottoman-era TV series “Diriliş Ertuğrul.”
On Sept. 8, he was referred to the Criminal Court of Peace with a request for judicial control. The court ruled to release Candemir under judicial control measures and a travel ban.
As part of the investigation, Candemir faces charges of “insulting the memory of” Ertuğrul Ghazi, the father of Ottoman Empire founder Osman I.
If found guilty, Candemir can receive a jail sentence as per the violation of the Article 130 of the Turkish Penal Code.
Diriliş Ertuğrul ve Kuruluş Osman'dan sonra şimdi de TRT'de Uyanış Selçuklu başlıyor. Sırada; Bayılış Yavuz, Ayılış Fatih, Yatış Kanuni, Kalkış 4.Murat, Sızlayış Abdülhamit, Yalvarış Vahdettin var(!) pic.twitter.com/RNaRsouzxK— Oktay Candemir (@oktaycandemir) September 3, 2020
Press in Arrest, a volunteer group monitoring investigations and trials of journalists, said this is the first time that a journalist has been accused of these charges.
Diriliş Ertuğrul, set in 13th century Anatolia, now modern-day Turkey, is based on stories of the Oghuz Turks, fighting Byzantines.