Southforward.com – 4 University graduates in Turkey are reported to have been arrested for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan during their graduation ceremony.
Quoted from Anadolu, Friday (07/13/2018), Those arrested are the latest graduates from The Middle East Technical University. The graduation ceremony took place on 6 July. They carry banners with cartoons entitled “The World of Tayyip”.
The four men were arrested and the ongoing investigation was underway on allegations of defamation of Erdogan.
This case is not the first time in Turkey. A similar case occurred in July 2016 and detained tens of thousands of people.
Before the failed coup attempt, Turkey also cracked down on a number of journalists, bloggers, and ordinary citizens, including students. They were taken to court for allegedly insulting Erdogan and other high-ranking officials.
For example, a 17-year-old teenager was once charged on insulting Erdogan on Facebook. There was also a Turkish philosophy professor who was accused of insulting Erdogan in an article in which he accused the president of corruption. Not only that, the former Miss Turkey is also prosecuted for posting a critical article on Erdogan in social media.
In December 2016, the head of a cafe in a Turkish opposition newspaper, Cumhuriyet, was arrested for insulting Erdogan after saying that he refused to serve Erdogan for tea.