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Turkey detains 47 people including YouTubers for encouraging drug use on Internet

Turkish police on Thursday detained 47 people including two owners of a famous YouTube channel as part of an investigation into the encouragement of drug use on the Internet, the Diken news website reported.

Police raided houses early in the morning in 29 provinces after the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants for 88 people.

Among the detainees were Emre and Erdi K., brothers who own a YouTube channel with almost 850,000 subscribers that produces short parody videos.

Other social media personalities were detained in October for allegedly promoting drug use in their blogs and videos.

In May famous Turkish rapper Ömer Sercan İpekçioğlu, known as Ezhel, was arrested on accusations of promoting drug use in his songs, which were mostly written about poverty and urban life in Ankara.

He was released pending trial in June.

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