MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Hasan Cemal – investigation for “insulting the President of the Republic”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Hasan Cemal
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2021
LAST UPDATED
08/10/2021
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Social Media Account
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Journalist
RIGHTS GUARANTEED UNDER THE RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Right to Impart Information and Ideas
TYPE OF INTERFERENCE
Judicial Interference
Public Prosecution Offices
Opening a criminal investigation
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 299

The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office Press Crimes Bureau launched an investigation against T24 news website’s columnist Hasan Cemal on charge of “insulting the President of the Republic” over his Twitter posts. Cemal was summoned to give his statement about two retweets from other accounts, including a post by Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Mithat Sancar, and one tweet from his own account (October 8).