Twitter account of top opposition official in Istanbul suspended

Twitter suspended on Wednesday the account of Canan Kaftancıoğlu, the Istanbul provincial head of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).

While the reason for the move is yet unknown, pro-government media outlet A Haber was quick to report that the prominent opposition official had for some time been "defending terrorist organisations and calling for a coup,’’ in her social media posts.

The outlet shared a Twitter post by Kaftancıoğlu dated May 17, in which she questioned the detention of two Turkish journalists.

Another post shared by A Haber dated to June 1, 2013.

"The Gezi Park and Taksim Square once again belong to the people,’’ Kaftancıoğlu wrote. The tweet coincides with the Gezi Park protests, the biggest anti-government protests since Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002.

"Kaftancıoğlu would take up defending terrorist organisations at every chance she had through Twitter posts and accuse the state of being a  "murderer,’’’ A Haber said.

Last year, Kaftancıoğlu was convicted of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and spreading terrorist propaganda in the social media posts. The CHP official was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison by Turkish court on Friday, because of tweets she posted between 2012 and 2017. The CHP provincial head has not served time pending the appeals process.