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Alert created on: 27 Sep 2018 Turkey

Court Sentences Former TRT Cameraman Binali Erdoğan over Alleged Insult against the President

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On 25 September 2018, Binali Erdoğan, a cameraman who used to work for the state-run Turkish Radio and Television (TRT), has been given a suspended jail sentence of 10 months on charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on social media.
The cameraman was fired by the TRT due to his messages critical of President Erdoğan and was put in pre-trial detention on 20 October 2017, in İzmir on insult charges. He was released 32 days later pending trial. The TRT launched a criminal complaint against cameraman Binali Erdoğan on charges of insulting the president.
The İzmir 25thPenal Court of First Instance concluded Erdoğan’s trial on 25 September and handed down a suspended jail sentence of 10 months. The cameraman said in his defense that he had no intention of insulting the president and that his views should be taken within the scope of freedom of expression.
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