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Here’s the episode of the Simpsons that got a Turkish TV channel fined

Matt Groening, creator of "The Simpsons," (3rd L) poses on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with voice actors Nancy Cartwright (2nd L), Hank Azaria (2nd R), Yeardley Smith (3rd R) and characters Homer (R) and Bart Simpson on  Feb. 14, 2012. Cartwright, Azaria and Smith are the voices of various characters in "The Simpsons". REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

"Treehouse of Horror" has been a Simpsons annual tradition for 23 seasons, but Turkish regulators weren't laughing when a local station aired the animated show's yearly Halloween special.

Turkey's broadcasting regulator will fine a television channel for insulting religious values after it showed the Treehouse of Horror XXII episode of The Simpsons, in which God takes an order from a cartoon Satan.

The RTUK agency fined the private broadcasting channel CNBC-e  52,951 lira, or about $30,000, but said it would wait until next week to comment on the matter, Reuters reported.

You can see a clip of the show here, and here's the offending chunk from the episode transcript:

The Devil: [points to God] Get me a coffee!

God: Yes, sir. [leaves, then returns with a coffee]

[The Devil sips the coffee, then heats it with a flame.]

The country's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, has been gradually pushing conservative values in the secular republic and many journalists and activists say there's been a crackdown on free expression. An April report by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe found that 95 journalists are currently behind bars in Turkey, compared to 57 at the same time last year.

Last week, the RTUK warned a Turkish soap opera about an episode that depicted an Ottoman Empire Sultan.

Read more: Turkey confronts a resurgent Kurdish threat



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