The head of a Turkish opposition news site was arrested Thursday, his employer said, as part of a crackdown on critics of the military operation launched in Syria a day earlier.
The Anadolu state news agency said Hakan Demir, head of the leftist Birgun website, was detained for “inciting the people to hatred and enmity” over a message on Twitter.
Birgun was heavily criticized online after reporting that civilians were killed in Turkish strikes against Kurdish positions in Syria on Wednesday, which was denied by the government.
Police said they had opened a total of 78 cases against individuals for “propaganda” online against the operation.
Turkey launched “Operation Peace Spring” on Wednesday against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which it considers a “terrorist” offshoot of Kurdish insurgents in its own territory.
It has arrested online critics during previous offensives against Kurdish forces in Syria, accusing them of “terrorist propaganda.”
Rights groups criticize the erosion of free speech under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, particularly in the wake of a failed coup in 2016 which was followed by tens of thousands of arrests of political opponents.
Russian Embassy: Detained Russian journalist freed by IranIran has freed a Russian journalist, Yulia Yuzik, who had been detained last week, ... World News
Germany criticizes Turkey’s treatment of foreign journalistsGermany’s foreign minister criticized Turkey for refusing to issue ... Television and Radio
Turkey frees Banksy-backed Kurdish journalist Zehra DoganTurkey conditionally freed Kurdish writer and artist Zehra Dogan on Sunday after ... Digital
Austrian journalist freed from prison but barred from leaving TurkeyAn Austrian student and freelance journalist has been released from a prison in ... Print