A tourism professional in the Central Anatolian province of Konya has lodged a complaint at the local prosecutor’s office about the TV series “The Magnificent Century” (Muhteşem Yüzyıl), claiming that it “makes fun of historical values.”
Faruk Bildirici stated to the Konya Courthouse that the series, which depicts the life of 16th century Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, “insults Turkish history,” misinforms citizens with fictitious incidents and misrepresents Sultan Süleyman.
“My little daughter is asking me whether the history books or the TV series show the reality,” Bildirici said in his complaint petition.
He is requesting a ban on the broadcasting of The Magnificent Century and demands the opening of an investigation into the two directors, Yağmur and Durul Taylan.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan harshly criticized The Magnificent Century last week for its portrayal of Süleyman the Magnificent, stirring a lively public debate on the issue. “Those who toy with these values should be taught a lesson within the premises of law,” Erdoğan said.
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Reported by Hürriyet Daily News