Family sues HDP for unauthorized use of their images in ads

Family files suit against HDP for unauthorized use of their family pictures in HDP election campaign ads

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Abdulmecid Koc and his family seen in this image published by Ihlas News Agency.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is facing a lawsuit for using the images of an old man and his family in its election campaign ads, the 65 year old Abdulmecid Koc, claims the use of the images was ‘unauthorized,’ adding that he is actually a supporter of Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

Speaking to Ihlas News Agency, Koc said his family has filed a suit against the HDP at Istanbul’s Catalca district court, for taking his family pictures without “permission and using them in a campaign ad.”

“They cannot just come and take my family pictures, betraying us. I have filed a suit,” Koc  told Ihlas News Agency. 

In the HDP advertisement, Koc is seen playing an Anatolian musical instrument called “Saz,” while his daughter in law, Gonul Koc and grand-daughter Azra Koc stand behind him.

Family states that they were “shocked” when they saw themselves featured in a HDP election campaign ad on television. Gonul Koc and husband, Necip Koc immediately went to Catalca district court and filed suit.

Meanwhile, Abdulmecid Koc explained why the family has been deeply bothered by the incident saying that, “They asked me, ‘uncle, could you play saz?’ and I was not made aware it would be in an advertisement. I am an AK Party supporter. I received many calls from my relatives, accusing me of being a traitor.”

His son, Necip Koc also said, “They used the picture of my family in their advertisement. I was devastated. I am Kurdish, my father is Kurdish but we do not support PKK. We have nothing to do with a recognized terrorist organization. We were really bothered by being accused of supporting terror by our relatives.”

HDP is accused of having close relations with the terrorist organization PKK. 

According to the Turkish Army, PKK terror attacks have “martyred” 148 security officers and over 30 civilians since its umbrella organization KCK unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11.

TRTWorld and agencies