The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is protesting against recent media freedom violations in Turkey. After the recent censorship incidents, the latest violation of press freedom occurred when a journalist for the daily paper Milliyet was indicted for allegedly insulting the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on Facebook.
Mine Bekiroğlu, a correspondent for Milliyet from Adana faces 1-2 years of imprisonment for sharing Facebook posts about a teenager who died during the Gezi Park protests. She will appear in court on 19 March 2015. “There have been several cases of journalists indicted for allegedly insulting the president. Turkey cannot continue this practice against its media workers. It is not only highly dangerous for democracy, but penalizing free speech also leaves long term consequences” said SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic. “