Turkey investigates doctors who suggest public health failures
Turkish authorities are investigating several senior doctors who lead “medical chambers” - professional bodies - in Van, Mardin, and Sanhurfa and have been accused since March 2020 of “issuing threats to create fear and panic among the public” in media interviews and social media posts relating to the COVID-19 outbreak in Turkey. They have also been banned from travelling and required to sign in with their local police stations. The doctors had suggested the authorities were hiding information from the public, pushing doctors to keep case numbers down by avoiding diagnosing patients with COVID-19, and playing down the numbers of health workers who had been infected.
Writer: Human Rights Watch
Publication: Human Rights Watch