MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Levent Gültekin – trial for “insulting the President of the Republic”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Levent Gültekin
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2022
LAST UPDATED
17/12/2022
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Television
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
File a criminal case
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 299

A lawsuit was filed against journalist Levent Gültekin over his statement on his TV show; he was charged with “insulting the President of the Republic” as per the Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK).

Gültekin announced the lawsuit on his Twitter account, saying: “I have yet another lawsuit. They have apparently considered my remark ‘The President openly lies to the public’ to be an insult and filed a criminal case against me. If I receive a political ban, I will blame it on the opposition because they are the ones who control the judiciary” (December 17).