Turkey: New Law Means Up to Three Years in Prison for Spreading Disinformation

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Turkey: New Law Means Up to Three Years in Prison for Spreading Disinformation

Hurriyet, 14 October 2022: The Turkish parliament has adopted a new law containing wide-ranging provisions to issue criminal penalties for those accused of spreading disinformation. The provisions cover domestic journalism as well as social media. 

The crime of “publicly disseminating misleading information to the public” has been defined and added as a new article to the Turkish Penal Code. 

Anyone accused of publicly disseminating “false information about the internal and external security, public order and general health of the country, in a way that is disturbing the public peace, with the sole motive of creating anxiety, fear or panic among the public” faces one to three years in prison. 

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Benjamin Filaferro
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