AKP local member forced to resign after harassment complaint from journalist Nevşin Mengü
A local member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the Black Sea province of Çorum was forced to resign on Dec. 5 after a renowned Turkish journalist complained about harassment and insult targeting her on Twitter.
The AKP member from the Çorum provincial directorate had reportedly sent messages containing sexual harassment to journalist Nevşin Mengü.
Mehmet Karadağ, the head of the party’s provincial directorate, stated that he summoned the man and demanded his resignation following the incident.
“We have over 100,000 members in Çorum and one of them insulted [the journalist] on social media. I immediately called that member to party offices and sent him without even dealing with himself personally. If he had not resigned, I would refer him to expulsion,” Karadağ said, while also apologizing to Mengü for the harassment.
AKP Çorum deputy Ahmet Sami Ceylan also stated that the harassment against the journalist was “unacceptable.”
Commenting on the news reports, Mengü tweeted “Impudence is not a skill.”
The harassment had also drawn anger from the public and on social media.