Over 29,000 people prosecuted for insulting Erdoğan in three years


Turkey’s courts prosecuted more than 29,000 people for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan between 2018 and 2020, Sözcü newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing Justice Ministry figures.

A total of 9,773 people faced the courts last year, including 152 foreign citizens and 290 children, Sözcü said. Of the total, 34.4 percent of cases resulted in a conviction and 14.3 percent in acquittals, while a decision in 35.1 percent of case was deferred, it said.

In 2018, when Turkey’s executive presidential system was introduced, 6,326 people faced court cases. The number rose to 13,990 in 2019, Sözcü said.