1,845 Erdoğan insult cases opened in Turkey since 2014

1,845 Erdoğan insult cases opened in Turkey since 2014

The Guardian: World News

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused of aggressively using law that bars insulting Turkish leader

Turkey’s justice minister says as many as 1,845 cases have been opened against people accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan since he came to office in 2014.

Erdoğan has been accused of aggressively using a previously seldom-used law that bars insults to the president, as a way to muffle dissent. Those who have gone on trial include celebrities, journalists and even schoolchildren.

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