Football fan sentenced to 11 months in jail for ‘insulting’ Erdoğan

Bursaspor fan Fikret Yorgun.

Fikret Yorgun, a staunch Bursapor fan, on Wednesday received a suspended jail sentence of eleven months for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Facebook post in 2016.

According to the Diken news portal, Yorgun was arrested on Sept.7, 2016. After being kept in a Bursa prison for over a month, he was released on Oct.8, 2016 pending trial.

On Wednesday, the Bursa 19th Criminal Court of First Instance handed down a jail sentence of eleven months on charges of insulting the president.

The Ministry of Interior Affairs announced last month that 10,000 people are currently under investigation on suspicion of terrorist propaganda and insulting senior state officials on social media.

The ministry also stated that in the last six months 3,710 social media users were investigated, of whom 1,656 were arrested. A total of 1,203 of those investigations resulted in releases on probation.

The ministry further said that cooperation with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and national and international service providers has been carried to the next level.

With new state of emergency decrees issued by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government on Jan. 6, police were given the authority to directly access information on the identity of Internet users. (


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