The Turkish regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues its repressive policies towards its citizens, through arbitration and intimidation against journalists, activists, and influencers. This practice has become even more incisive in the management of the coronavirus emergency, Covid-19. Turkey has so far recorded 47 cases infected with the new virus and one confirmed death, although the numbers could be much higher. On Tuesday, the Turkish Interior Minister affirmed that 93 suspects who posted “unfounded and provocative” posts on social networks about the coronavirus epidemic have been identified, of those 19 have been arrested by Erdogan’s regime security forces.
The arrests were conducted after the Turkish Government closed bars, entertainment and sports venues, suspended mass prayers in mosques and extended a flight ban to 20 countries to contain the spread of the coronavirus. These people were arrested because of unreliable and provocative publications on social networks in relation to the coronavirus epidemic in the country, aimed at misleading citizens, increasing panic and fear in society. The Interior Ministry said yesterday. The statement adds that “nineteen of these suspects have been arrested and the arrest of others who have been identified will continue”. Many journalists are arrested and prosecuted with sham trials aligned with the Erdogan regime, this policy will be even more repressive to try to contain the spread of the news and the reality in the country.
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