Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is suing an arrested journalist on criminal insult charge. This information is published by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Here is an excerpt:
On Tuesday, February 8, while Kabaş was in detention awaiting trial on that criminal insult charge, Erdoğan separately filed a civil suit seeking 250,000 liras (US$18,405) in damages from Kabaş and Sakar over Kabaş’ comments, according to news reports.
Ahmet Özel, a lawyer representing Erdoğan, argued in the suit that Kabaş “went beyond the limits of free speech” and “publicly humiliated” the president in her comments, and that Sakar was legally responsible for comments made on TELE1, those reports said.
CPJ emailed the Turkish president’s office for comment but did not immediately receive any response.
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