Turkey arrests two men for insulting Erdoğan on social media

Turkish authorities on Monday arrested two men in the northwestern province of Eskişehir for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on social media, pro-government Islamist newspaper Yeni Akit reported.

Fourty-nine year old Kazım Y. and 24-year-old Uğur Ay were detained at their homes by police from the anti-cybercrime department on Monday prior to be being arrested in court they were transferred to, the newspaper said.

Insulting the president is subject to criminal charges under Turkish law with Erdoğan’s lawyers having filed more than 1,800 cases against against people, including school children and celebrities.