A medical doctor in Turkey has filed a criminal complaint against Turkish singer Sıla Gençoğlu on the grounds that the lyrics of one of her songs — light up a cigarette — encourages young people to smoke.
Sıla is known for her critical stance towards the Turkish government and President Recep Erdogan.
Many Turkish singers have been investigated over the past three years for promoting drug and cigarette use.
For instance, five to ten years prison sentence is being sought by the Istanbul Public Prosecutor for Turkish rapper Burak Aydoğduoğlu, aka Burry Soprano, for encouraging drug use through a song composed.
The song, “Mary Jane,” was taken off Youtube in May 2018 after the 44th İstanbul Court of First Instance ruled that its lyrics encouraged narcotic use. It was however re-uploaded in August 2018 and has been viewed over 40 million times since then.