650 Turkish Journalists to be Investigated for Using Twitter


From Turkish Minute:

Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Barış Yarkadaş announced on Thursday that 650 more journalists are to be investigated due to their messages on Twitter.

The Ministry of Interior Affairs had stated earlier this week that 10,000 people are under investigation because of their social media posts.

Yarkadaş urged the end of baseless investigations against journalists during remarks in front of the courthouse before a hearing in the trial of the shut-down pro-Kurdish Özgür Gündem daily.

Currently, there are at least 145 journalists in prison in Turkey.

Scathing Purple Musings has been posted yesterday about the recent arrest of Ahmet Sik who announced his arrest on his own Twitter account. He has not tweeted since, but has added 2000 Twitter followers since his arrest. The majority of Sik’s tweets were to send links to other journalist’s work.

The crack down on journalists in Turkey began in July after a failed coup attempt which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to as a “gift from God.”

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About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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