The Crime? Directing Turkish People to Laziness and Adventurism. The punishment: a $92,000 fine. In effect, cease publication of the humor magazine, Harakiri.
From Hurriyet (click here):
The humor magazine Harakiri has been forced to shut down after being slapped with a 150,000 Turkish Lira fine by the Children Protection Board for being a “harmful influence on the morality of minors.”
The magazine released its first issue in May 2011, but the board quickly declared that three drawings in the first issue were inappropriate and banned sales of the magazine to underage minors, in addition to levying the fine.
Kutluhan Perker, the artist of the magazine, said they had been through a very difficult experience.
Speaking with online web portal dipnot.tv, Perker said they were surprised by the context of the board’s citation, such as “directing Turkish people to laziness and adventurism” and “encouraging adultery.”
“I thought we were the ones making jokes. From now on, I can read the citations as a humor magazine,” he said.
Although the board did not ban the publication, the extent of the fine financially precludes Perker the magazine from continuing to publish, according to Perker.
I suppose adventure movies, comic books of all kinds, thrillers, and romance novels are all next. They encourage adventurism (“Pirates of the Caribbean”?!) and laziness (reading!!!) and some have sex scenes which, of course, encourage adultery. After all, anyone having seen sex depicted in Mad Magazine will surely run off and leave his or her spouse. Say, what about “Valley of the Wolves”? Oh, I suppose THAT sex and adventurism is in the service of the state, so that’s OK to watch. The only thing it’ll encourage viewers to do is to run off and shoot an enemy. That’s not adventurism, it’s patriotism.