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'Pokemon' Banned After Children Jump

December 12, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

Turkey's broadcasting watchdog said it has ordered a TV channel to stop airing the popular Japanese cartoon series "Pokemon" after two children jumped from balconies believing they had superhuman powers. The Radio and Television High Council also penalized private station ATV with a one-day blackout in response to a complaint by the Health Ministry, a council spokesman said. A 7-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy were injured in falls from tall buildings in separate incidents last month. ATV said it would continue showing the series pending an appeal.

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