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Turkish president files criminal complaint against newspaper staffers over offensive headline.

The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan filed a criminal complaint against employees at a Greek newspaper “Dimokratia Monday” over the publication of an aggressive headline. Erdoğan filed the complaint after Dimokratia revealed a picture of Erdoğan with the headline “Siktir Git Mr. Erdogan,” which interprets to “F*** off Mr. Erdogan.” The headline included each, English and Turkish translation.

According to the criminal criticism, Turkish judicial authorities have jurisdiction over defamation against Erdoğan abroad. Freedom of expression and freedom of the Press are protected completely in the Balkan country. This fact does not refute the obligation to refrain from insulting the personality of any individual, particularly a foreign leader. The use of offensive language is contrary to Greece’s politics.

The criticism accuses Greek authorities on being silent on the matter and suggests this is the product of the moral collapse of Greece.

The crime of “defaming the president” in Turkey carries a sentence of up to four years in prison. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), there have been over 60,000 prosecutions in 2017 alone. HRW has asked for repealing the law because it violates free speech principles.

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