Report: Around 2,700 cases filed for insult of president in past 6 months

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gestures as he speaks in İstanbul on March 12, 2017. AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

A report prepared by two academics for the Human Rights Joint Platform (IHOP) has revealed that a total of 2,673 cases have been filed against individuals on charges of insulting the president over the past six months.

The report was drafted by Professor Yaman Akdeniz and Associate Professor Kerem Altıparmak for IHOP, an organization that aims to contribute to the development of a civil society in Turkey for the supremacy of the law and respect for human rights and freedoms.

The judges ruled to acquit the suspects in only 280 cases.

Since his election to the presidency in August 2014, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has filed insult cases against people from all walks of life including academics, journalists and even students.

In 2000, only four cases were launched against individuals on charges of insulting the president, while this figure rose to 1,953 in 2015. Since 1993, a total of 3,134 individuals have stood trial in Turkey on charges of insulting the president, the report said.

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