The Bakırköy Chamber of the Chief prosecutor has launched an investigation against journalist Fatih Portakal for “provoking people to commit a crime”.
After presenting a news story about the French protests on Dec. 10, Portakal had made a comparison with Turkey. “Let’s protest the natural gas price hikes in Turkey in a peaceful demonstration. Can we do it? How many people can possibly go out to the street for a protest today?” Portakal had said on air, complaining that a “natural right could not be exercised in today’s Turkey.”
Citing a criminal suspicion of abetting, the prosecutor also demanded the recording of Portakal’s show from the Radio and Television Supreme Council’s (RTÜK) for review (28 December 2018).