Prominent Turkish journalist questioned over Gezi Park tweet
Talipoğlu was questioned at Gayrettepe Police Department over a profane tweet he posted on May 31. DHA PhotoTurkish journalist Tayfun Talipoğlu was probed by the police on July 22 about a tweet he posted during the Gezi Park protests, daily Radikal has reported.
Talipoğlu was questioned at Gayrettepe Police Department on July 22 after an investigation was opened by the police about a profane tweet he posted on May 31, the day sit-in protests turned into nationwide anti-government protests after a heavy-handed police crackdown.
“Police throwing gas bombs in cafes, instead of streets. Somebody should say ‘stop’ to this son of a b**** of a situation,” the veteran television journalist’s tweet read.
Talipoğlu announced on July 22 that police had questioned him about that tweet.
“They told me to go to the police department because of my tweet about Gezi Park. I just remembered only one of my tweets, which I posted on May 31 or June 1. On that morning, police used excessive tear gas bombs on cafes and enclosed places. I wrote ‘Someone should stop this situation’ on Twitter and some people took it personally, I guess,” Talipoğlu said, adding that the tweeted swear word was not meant to be directed at the police.