Instagram closes accounts of three HDP deputies, removes campaign visual

Photo and video-sharing social networking service Instagram closed the accounts of three deputies from Turkey’s  pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in October, while removing HDP’s campaign visual protesting Turkish government’s crackdown on Kurdish politicians, Bianet reported on Tuesday.

Instagram removed the campaign poster with the title “no passage to fascism, HDP is larger than prisons,” shared by HDP deputy Ebru Günay from her personal account.

The campaign was marking the second anniversary of crackdown against Kurdish politicians, as in Oct. 4, 2016, many senior names of HDP, including 14 deputies were arrested during police operations. 

Instagram also closed the accounts of Kurdish deputies Serpil Kemalbay, Hüda Kaya and Ayşe Acar Başaran on Oct. 27 following complaints from users, Bianet said. 

Kemalbay ve Başaran, applied to Instagram for reinstating their accounts on Oct. 29, but they have not received a reply yet, Bianet said. 

“We have not received a reply for 10 days, although we filed an official complaint. They are even disturbed when we use a photo with our party’s slogan,” Başaran said, adding that in her opinions these were efforts to spread the monolithic coverage in Turkish media also to social media.