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Journalist Mavioğlu acquitted in presidential insult trial

Turkish journalist Ertuğrul Mavioğlu was cleared from charges of “insulting the Turkish president” in the first hearing of a trial on 15 February. 

Mavioğlu was charged with the allegations after he condemned the Turkish administration’s attitude towards an Islamic State attack in the Turkish town of Suruç, which lead to the deaths of mostly 33 people affiliated with the youth club of a socialist party. 

Reporters without Borders (RSF) Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu and journalist Elif Ilgaz also attended the trial. 

Mavioğlu, in his statement, said, although there were many who tweeted in support of the massacre, none of them had been prosecuted over hate crimes. “The murderers were targeting our future, they killed our brilliant children without so much as blinking their eye. I put forth my democratic reaction against those who attempted to put the lives of young people in the same place as political interests.”

He said he had no idea how his tweet was interpreted as an insult to the president.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was the plaintiff in the case.

The court ruled to acquit Mavioğlu.