Social media opinions are freedom of expression – Turkish court

Turkey’s constitutional court has overturned a penalty given to a Facebook user who insulted another in a comment, saying that the penalty was an infringement on freedom of expression, left-wing newspaper Birgün said.

The verdict set a legal precedent in the protection of freedom of online expression, the newspaper said.

A person by the initials Ö.K. had written on an animal welfare group’s Facebook page on April 7, 2013 that the group were appropriating donations, addressing his complaint to “the woman named (R.E.) who will not know her place”.

R.E. took the matter to court, which awarded her 4,000 lira ($1,067) in compensation. But the constitutional court overturned the decision on appeal, citing freedom of expression.