Turkey investigates senior doctors for discussing coronavirus in media interviews


Beginning in March 2020, Turkish authorities targeted doctors in senior positions in “medical chambers” professional bodies in Van, Mardin, and Sanhurfa for allegedly “issuing threats to create fear and panic among the public” in media interviews and social media postings in which they discussed the coronavirus. On May 4, a court in Sanhurfa imposed a travel ban on two of these doctors, and required them to sign in with their local police stations while they were criminally investigated.

Writer: Human Rights Watch
Publication: Human Rights Watch