Turkey's banking watchdog files complaint against economists, journos

Turkey's banking watchdog has filed complaints against 26 economists and journalists over comments which it said violated banking regulations.

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Turkey's Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) has filed a complaint against five economists over comments which it said violated banking regulations, state-run broadcaster TRT reported on Dec. 27

Ex-central bank governor Durmuş Yılmaz from the right-wing Good (İYİ) Party and main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Burhanettin Bulut were those named in the complaint in addition to Güldem Atabay, Selçuk Geçer and journalist Emin Çapa. 

The regulation they are accused of violating concerns the spreading via public channels of "unfounded claims that can harm or tarnish the reputation of a bank." 

Geçer said that he doesn't know the subject of the complaint, while Bulut noted that the complaint won't intimidate him. 

Çapa also remained defiant, saying that the aim is to intimidate the economists. 

"They want to silence us. I would like to see the details of this complaint, but it wouldn't stop me from questioning the banks' practices," he said. 

In a later statement, the BDDK announced that it filed a complaint against 21 other people, including journalists and economists. 

The institution accused the relevant individuals of sharing posts "that aimed to manipulate the foreign exchange rates through social media and media outlets."

The lira currency plummeted to record lows this month on widespread concerns about Turkey's monetary policy. It surged some 50% last week after forex market intervention and the announcement of a lira deposits protection plan, but remains 35% weaker than a year ago.