Over 1,300 tortured while in custody of Turkish police in 2020 - report

Turkish police intervened in at least 637 peaceful protests and gatherings in the first eight months of this year, while subjecting to torture and ill-treatment 1,346 people in their custody, according to a new report published by the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV).

A total of 38 journalists and one writer was detained, TIHV said in its report covering the period from Jan.1-Aug. 31 of this year, while 17 journalists were detained, nine of whom were released under judicial control.

At least 24 people were detained on charges of insulting the Turkish president, the report found, three of whom were arrested while an investigation was launched against one. One person received a four-month jail sentence on the charges.

Insulting the president is a crime that carries a jail sentence of between one and four years, according to the Turkish Penal Code. The number of such cases has increased dramatically since Recep Tayyip Erdoğan assumed office in 2014.

Moreover, Turkish courts blocked access to 53 online news, 75 Internet sites, two Internet pages, five social media accounts, 59 different online content and 145 IP addresses, the report found.