A man was arrested on March 30 in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa after calling a police line and insulting a number of public officials, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu
A local court in Istanbul has ruled to apply to the Turkish Constitutional Court for the annulment of controversial Article 299 of the Turkish penal code, the article on insulting the president, arguing it violates the principle of equality enshrined in the country’s constitution
310 Organizations including Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality, trade chambers and NGOs have urged the Government to withdraw the urgent expropriation decision.
Opposition in Germany has criticized that Merkel government has remained silent on ambassador of Germany being summoned to Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the song making fun of President Erdoğan.
Press freedom is non-negotiable for Germany in its talks with Turkey, a German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on March 30
Turkey’s opposition parties have expressed their fury over remarks made by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who said he had “no respect” for a recent Constitutional Court decision on two arrested journalists, while the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has stood by the statement

MP tells of ‘terrifying’ Turkish ordeal

A Scottish MP who was briefly detained by security forces in Turkey describes the experience as “terrifying”.

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