A Turkish military court has overruled a decision to expel Captain İskender Gülbahar for 'insulting Turkishness' by screening episodes of TV show 'Game of Thrones' as part of an English class at the Maltepe Military High School.
A military high court has overruled a decision given last August to expel Captain İskender Gülbahar for screening episodes of hit TV show Game of Thrones, stating that the ruling was contrary to law, daily Hürriyet has reported.
Four army officers were expelled from the army in August 2012 for screening Game of Thrones as part of an English class at İzmir’s Maltepe Academy, after a two-stage trial process. Charges were initially dismissed by a military prosecutor before a Defense Ministry instruction decision reintroduced the charges.
Officers were accused of charges related to “insulting Turkishness” in reference to a group depicted in the show that authorities deemed to be portraying Turkish people. The final report, released by a committee of instructors, also claimed that the series contained “pornographic elements” and “perverted and violent methods of sexual intercourse.” The report also mentioned that the show encouraged the consumption of alcohol.
Date created : 2013-07-19