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Turkish teen detained for 'insulting' Erdogan

Since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's re-election last August, after 11 years as prime minister, the number of prosecutions for insulting the head of state have risenA 15-year-old schoolboy has been detained by police in Turkey for allegedly “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media reports said Thursday. The teenager, identified by the initials U. E., spent Wednesday night in a police station after being stopped by officers outside an Internet cafe, Cihan news agency said. The arrest in December of a 17-year-old accused of insulting Erdogan sparked outrage in the country and abroad, fuelling concerns about freedom of speech in Turkey.

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