Man arrested for insulting Turkey’s President Erdoğan on social media

One out of four individuals who were recently detained in Eskişehir province on charges of insulting Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on social media was arrested on Monday.

While two of the detainees, identified only by their initials M.K. and O.K., were released without charge, the third detainee, E.T., was freed on judicial probation while G.K. was arrested by an Eskişehir court.

Scores of people in Turkey have been detained or arrested or are under investigation on allegations of insulting Erdoğan.

As of the end of 2016, at least 10,000 people were under investigation on suspicion of terrorist propaganda and insulting senior state officials on social media.

According to figures released by the Ministry of Interior Affairs in December, 3,710 social media users had been investigated in the last six months of 2016, of whom 1,656 were arrested. A total of 1,203 of those investigations resulted in releases on probation. ( April 24, 2017

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