A total of 36,581 people have been investigated for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan between 2014 and 2020, The Bianet news portal reported.

Insulting the president is a crime in Turkey, according to the controversial Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). Whoever insults the president or a government official can face up to four years in prison, a sentence that can be increased if the crime was committed through the mass media.

The slightest criticism of Erdoğan is often considered an insult, and there has been a rise in the number of cases in Turkey in which people inform on others claiming that they insulted the president, the government or government officials.

According to the report, a total of 9,773 people were investigated for insulting the president, of which 9,773 were convicted.