According to a human rights report published by the Turkish opposition (CHP), a total of 98 people have been imprisoned in the past 10 months by the Turkish government on charges of insulting the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Furthermore, the number of blocked websites in Turkey has gone through the roof over the past decade. In 2014 for instance, the figure was at 40,773 whilst it has already surpassed 96,000 as of December this year.
Several high-profile media figures such as Sedef Kabas, Hidayet Karaca and Mehmet Baransu, have been detained for allegedly insulting Erdogan.
Additionally, Bülent Kenes, the editor-in-chief of the famous Turkish English-language newspaper Today’s Zaman, has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for insulting Erdogan in a message posted on Twitter which led to his arrest in October.