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3 arrested for insulting Erdoğan on social media

Three people were arrested in Iğdır province for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and disseminating the propaganda of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on social media, the Diken news website reported.

According to the report nine people were detained by police on April 18 for social media messages. The court released six on judicial probation and sent three to pre-trial detention.

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.

According to figures released by the Ministry of Interior Affairs in December, 3,710 social media users had been investigated in the last six months of 2016, of whom 1,656 were arrested. A total of 1,203 of those investigations resulted in releases on probation.

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