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Official ‘illegally’ monitored artists, staff in Turkish ballet authority

Fahrettin Atasayar is under investigation for allegedly installing almost 70 cameras throughout the facility

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An official in Turkey’s opera and ballet authority is under investigation for allegedly monitoring personnel by illegally installing a surveillance system connected to his computer, Turkish media reported Thursday.

The Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry is probing Fahrettin Atasayar, head of administrative and financial affairs at the General Directorate of State Opera and Ballet (DOB), following allegations that he had installed almost 70 cameras throughout the facility, Hurriyet Daily News reported, citing the Cumhuriyet newspaper.

The investigation is based on claims that he “wiretapped and monitored his personnel after installing the surveillance camera system of about 70 cameras located in different parts of the institution on his computer.”

Atasayar, who was appointed deputy general director in 2014, reportedly resigned from his post after the announcement of the investigation, which was launched following a series of complaints from DOB personnel.

In addition to the lounge and the director general’s office, cameras were also allegedly installed in the organization’s studios, through which Atasayar would have been able to monitor both staff and artists from his personal computer.