A university student from the Turkey’s Amasya province, identified as H.N., was put in pretrial detention for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media, on Wednesday.
Cumhuriyet reported that H.N., an Amasya University student and a member of Turkish Communist Party (TKP), was arrested over her allegedly insulting social media postings from 2014 and 2016.
TKP defied the decision in a statement later the same day stating that such arrests do not comply with the rule of law.
As of the end of 2016, at least 10,000 people were under investigation on suspicion of terrorist propaganda and insulting senior state officials on social media. A total of 1,080 people were convicted of insulting Erdoğan in 2016, according to data from Turkey’s Justice Ministry. Data also showed that 4,936 cases were launched against people on charges of insult in 2016.