Apr 14 2019

Turkish police releases economist after 10-hour detention over social media posts

Updated in the fourth paragraph after Sönmez was released by the police.

Turkish police took economist and columnist Mustafa Sönmez into custody on the grounds of offences committed on social media, news website Gazete Duvar reported on Sunday.

On early Sunday, journalist Ayşenur Arslan said on Twitter that Sönmez was detained before dawn over his social media posts. 

On Sunday afternoon, the prominent economist was released after giving his statement at the police station in Istanbul.

The social media crackdown in Turkey has targeted a wide range of people, including journalists, human rights activists, politicians, members of parliament from the pro-Kurdish opposition party, members of non-governmental organisations, academics, construction workers, physicians, high school and university students.