Turkey’s prime minister sues newspaper for $130k over Paradise Papers coverage

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has opened a series of cases against Cumhuriyet newspaper for their coverage of the Paradise Papers scandal, saying that it represented “an attack on the personal rights” of him and his sons.

The reports – based on leaked information released by members of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on Nov. 5 – revealed that Yıldırım’s family were linked to a total of 11 shipping companies registered on the tax haven of Malta.

Cumhuriyet had also said that the former transport minister’s family businesses had ties to shipping company Oras Denizcilik, which had recently received a large government contract – Yıldırım has denied this claim.

Yıldırım is suing Cumhuriyet for 250,000 liras ($64,700) in his own name and 125,000 liras ($32,350) in the name of each of his two sons.

In 2014, Turkey shut down Twitter in response to the appearance of a whistleblower account making claims about the business affairs of Yıldırım’s son Erkam.