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Turkey: Prosecutor investigating TV anchor Fatih Portakal “for openly inciting others to commit a crime”, following criticism by the President

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On 28 December 2018, a Turkish Prosecutor launched investigation into Fox TV journalist and TV anchor Fatih Portakal, for “openly inciting others to commit a crime”, shortly after Turkish President repeatedly criticised the journalist for his comments.

The prosecutor's investigation comes after the journalist speculated whether Turks could protest like those in the Yellow Vest movement in France. Turkish President has targeted Fatih Portakal several times in December 2018. "Know your place. If you do not know your place, this nation will hit you in the back of your neck. Nobody can play games with my nation's honour. That would cost them dear", said Mr Erdoğan. Representatives from journalism organisations in Turkey harshly critised Mr Erdoğan's comments and said that they will hold the president accountable if anything happened to the journalist.
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