Turkey citizens taken to court for calling interior minister 'bald'

Turkish citizens are being investigated for calling Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu bald, opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Saturday.

An investigation was launched in 2020 against lawyer Tugay Bek for calling Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu "the bald-headed person." Bek was charged with the "insulting a public officer." However, the prosecutor had declared to proceed no further in the investigation.

A further investigation has been launched against one of Bek’s clients for calling Soylu bald, Cumhuriyet reported.

It is revealed that the posts shared under the #sensuskel (shut up, bald guy!) subject to investigations are detected by "virtual patrol activities" canceled by a Constitutional Court decision, Cumhuriyet said.

Earlier, social media accounts were followed by the Police Department of Combating Cybercrimes and its branches. It was done on the Internet and was called "Virtual Patrol Activity".

The Turkish police were authorized in 2017 to conduct research in a virtual environment to pursue cybercrimes with the governmental decree No. 680, which was introduced under the state of emergency.

‘’The fact that even calling the Minister of Internal Affairs ‘bald’ is the subject of an investigation at the current stage is a clear indication of how much the limits of freedom of expression have been narrowed’’, Bek said.