Thursday, April 13, 2006

Turkey's 'Operation Barbie' Criticized

Turkey's BIAnet news service reports that:
The leaking and subsequent media exposure of the names of 22 Turkish female singers and models detained by the Vice Squad of the Istanbul police as part of what has been portrayed as a large-scale crackdown on alleged prostitution - while the identities of their alleged cliental of football players or solicitors have been kept secret- has been criticised for violating confidentiality of private life and dubbed a reflection of "hypocritical male solidarity".

The very name of the roundup, "Operation Barbie" that hit the headlines of the Turkish media together with the identity of the women placed under custody, in most cases accompanied by their images, has led to criticism both of the operation itself and its intentions.

Turkey's Human Rights Association (IHD) has criticised the "Barbie Operation" for violating the very right of confidentiality of private life while attorney Hulya Gulbahar from the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) Women's Platform has said it is "a typical example of hypocritical male solidarity", maintaining that the police involved had acted against the law.
Read the entire article here.

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