Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Turkey Arrest 248 Persons Over Social Media Posts

248 persons has been arrested by the Turkish Government Over Social Media Posts that allegedly were supportive of terrorist acts or insulted leaders, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday.


The 248 persons are among 948 citizens that were arrested while some 700 people were released under judicial control, the report said.

The government also encourages people to report social media accounts that have either insulted, mocked leaders or voiced support for various organisations, DPA reports.

In December, Anadolu reported that Turkish authorities opened investigations into 3,710 people over social media posts, while 1,656 suspects were formally arrested, over the previous six months.

The double suicide bombing in December in Istanbul which targeted security forces outside a football stadium, killing more than 45 people, including several civilians, saying some arrests pertained to comments on this attack, the report said.

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