Turkish gov’t prosecutes 208 people over social media posts in a week

The Turkish government has investigated 710 social media accounts and taken legal action against 208 users over the last week, the Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Monday.

A statement published on the ministry’s official website on Monday announced that 208 social media were prosecuted by the Turkish government between April 16 and April 23, 2018.

“An investigation has been conducted into 710 social media accounts that have propagandized and praised a terrorist organization, openly declared ties to the terrorist organizations, incited the public to enmity and hatred, insulted state officials, targeted the indivisible integrity of the state and the safety of the people and engaged in hate speech. Legal action has been initiated against 208 people who have been identified,” said the statement.

The Turkish Interior Ministry announced on February 26 that 845 people who criticised the Turkish military’s Afrin operation on social media and participated in activities critical of it had been taken into custody.

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