Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, AA photo
Lawsuits opened on behalf of the prime minister against people who have
“insulted” him in the press have created a strong deterrent factor
preventing other reporters from deploying similar rhetoric, according to
a lawyer for the Turkish leader.
"We have to underline that cases we've opened against press have been
quite a deterrent; the wording of columnists has noticeably changed
especially since the year 2003. Reporters and columnists do not exceed
the dose when making criticisms anymore; insulting comments or columns
have been reduced to minimum," Ali Özkaya, a lawyer for Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was quoted as saying by daily Akşam today.
The lawyer said they mostly sued Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and that they had won the most compensation from
cases involving the main opposition head.
Özkaya also warned youth about use of social media. "Young people are
using social media as if they're talking to a friend and they insult the
prime minister and other ministers. They think nobody sees their
messages, but social media is a public area. According to the law, cases
are automatically being opened against these [people] even if the prime
minister doesn't make a complaint,” he said.