Opposition candidate’s speech banned in Turkey

An Istanbul court has ordered the censorship of internet sites which quoted opposition candidate Muharrem İnce at a rally at the behest of one of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s sons, left-nationalist news site OdaTV said.

Erdoğan had described how İnce had been taken to court over unpaid social security premiums for his employees while running a cram school over 20 years ago.

İnce responded at a meeting in Elazığ to Erdoğan’s words by telling his audience that they should “research the Sevim Tanürek murder”.

Musician Sevim Tanürek died after being hit by a car driven by then-Mayor of Istanbul Erdoğan’s eldest son Burak in 1998. Burak Erdoğan was found innocent by a court, which decided that Tanürek had been completely responsible for her own death.

In response to İnce’s words, Burak Erdoğan opened up a case for the censorship of reporting on them on Tuesday, which he won, meaning they will no longer be available to users in Turkey.