Ankara, Turkey – The Turkish president’s lawyers have filed a criminal complaint against the persons in charge of a Greek newspaper that used offensive language against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The controversial headline – telling “Mr. Erdogan” to “f**k off” in Turkish, with the insult translated into English with an asterisk below – appeared in Friday’s issue of the Dimokratia newspaper.

The headline was condemned by the Greek government and the Greek Foreign Ministry.

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Greece’s ambassador to the country to lodge a formal complaint over the incident.

Lawyers for President Erdogan have filed a criminal complaint against those responsible for a Greek newspaper that posted insulting headlines about Erdogan. In addition, Ankara’s Public Prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into the Greek newspaper Dimokratia due to its headline insulting President Erdogan.

Ankara’s Public Prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into officials of the Greek daily Dimokratia for “insulting the president” because of its headline insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to information obtained by an AA correspondent, the prosecutor general’s office has filed a lawsuit against officials of the newspaper due to offensive headlines and news content aimed at Erdogan, 12, 13 and 299 of the Turkish Criminal Code. he ordered an investigation for “insulting the President.”

A lawyer for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed a criminal complaint against those responsible for the Greek newspaper “Dimokratia”, which posted insulting headlines about Erdogan.

In a petition filed by Erdogan’s lawyer, Hüseyin Aydın, to the Ankara Public Prosecutor’s office, Manolis Kotakis, editors-in-chief Andreas Kapitpelis and Yorgos Giatroudakis and editor-in-chief Dimitris Rizoulis were listed as “suspects”.

September English Turkish and English used in the headline of the newspaper and some sections of the news published in the newspaper were quoted in the petition as saying that the photo of President Erdogan was placed in the headline of the newspaper’s copy dated September 18, 2020.

“In the application of criminal laws in terms of location, the ‘property principle’ is essential, but the ‘personal principle according to the victim’ also finds application in some cases. The authority of the state to prosecute crimes committed abroad and against its citizens is called the ‘principle of personhood according to the victim’.”the statement said.

In the petition, 299 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). in order to be investigated and prosecuted by the Turkish judicial authorities for the crime of “insulting the president” organized in the article, the crime does not need to be committed in Turkey, the perpetrator is in Turkey or at the request of the Minister of Justice, so it is legally possible to open a direct investigation against the perpetrator without any conditions.

A Greek newspaper said the statements used against President Erdogan were one of the most outrageous manifestations of a dramatic moral collapse:

“Judging by the silence of the Greek public, it seems that this moral depression is not limited to marginal segments. Blasphemy is the language of those who have no words to say, or those who have no words to say but lack the ability to speak in a proper language. Blasphemy is a great shame and despicable act not for the interlocutor, but for the one who says it. The target of this despicable act is not just the person of our President. It is also the high interests of our nation that our President resolutely defends in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Sea of islands.”

In the petition, which stated that the news in question contains elements of the crime of “insulting the president” in the TCK (Penal Code of Turkey), it was also emphasized that it is not possible to evaluate it within the framework of freedom of thought and expression.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in its decisions, is the 10th European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to protect freedom of expression. article 10 of the convention states that the freedom of individuals to “express their views, to have opinions, to receive information and ideas without the intervention of public authorities and to exchange information and ideas without the borders of the country”. Article 2. it was stated that it could be limited to the purposes specified in the paragraph.

The petition continued:

“This situation shows that freedom of expression is not an absolute right, and in the presence of counted situations, the opportunity to intervene in the right is given. Despite its importance in democratic society, freedom of expression is not absolute and is subject to certain limitations. 10 of the ECHR. Article 2. in the paragraph, ‘duties and responsibilities imposed on the use to which these freedoms in a democratic society, in the nature of the necessary measures as national security, territorial integrity or public safety, protecting the Prevention of crime and maintaining order, health or morals, or the protection of the rights and fame of others, or prevent disclosure of confidential information stipulated by law for ensuring the objectivity of Judicial Power, Authority, and some of the ceremony, conditions, restrictions or penalties can be connected.’is called.

Likewise, 26 of the Constitution. according to the article, ” the use of this freedom, National Security, Public Order, Public Safety, the basic characteristics of the Republic and the indivisible integrity of the state protection, crime prevention, punishment of criminals, duly specified on the disclosure of information as a state secret of others, the fame, or rights, or law, or to protect the interests of private and family life of professional judgment in accordance with the requirements of the task can be limited to the purpose to be fulfilled.’Protecting the fame and rights of others, in other words, the right to respect for privacy is also recognized by both the convention and the Constitution as one of the legitimate goals in limiting freedom of expression.”

As a result, the petition stated that the suspects used offensive expressions of honor and dignity against President Erdogan, targeted Erdogan’s personality, reputation and reputation, and thus committed the crime of insulting the president, and asked for a public lawsuit against them.