MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Investigation against journalist Oktay Candemir for insult
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Oktay Candemir
CITY
Van
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2022
LAST UPDATED
10/05/2022
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

An investigation was launched against journalist Oktay Candemir on charge of “insult” because of his social media post containing a photo of Van Governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez.

In his Twitter post on April 25, 2022, “Vanspor is dead. The city’s economy is dead. Civil and democratic life is dead. The local press is dead. The municipality is dead. What remained were bribery, preferential treatment, drugs, gambling, hunger, and misery. We did all this. Here I am the Governor and the President of VANTSO… Here I am!” wrote Candemir. Upon this post, he was summoned to the Police Department within the scope of an investigation. Candemir gave his statement accompanied by his lawyer and left the Police Department after the completion of the proceedings (May 10).