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15 more detained for insulting President Erdoğan

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Fourteen people in İzmir and the chief editor of the Redaktif website, Hakan Gülseven, in Balıkesir were detained on Friday on grounds of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Fourteen social media users have been accused of disseminating propaganda for an organization and insulting the president.

Gülseven, who was previously detained three days after a referendum on April 16 on charges of insulting state authorities, was released on judicial probation.

Gülseven has now been detained a second time in the Ayvalık district of Balıkesir province.

Scores of people in Turkey have been detained or arrested or are under investigation on allegations of insulting Erdoğan.

As of the end of 2016, at least 10,000 people were under investigation on suspicion of terrorist propaganda and insulting senior state officials on social media.

A total of 1,080 people were convicted of insulting Erdoğan in 2016, according to data from Turkey’s Justice Ministry. Data also showed that 4,936 cases were launched against people on charges of insult in 2016.

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