Report: Turkey probes 300 for social media activity

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Posted: Jun 22, 2016 8:23 AM

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police are investigating 300 people for alleged terrorist propaganda and defamation of the country's president on social media, news reports said Wednesday.

The investigation comes after a six-month probe by the cybercrimes bureau of the southern town of Isparta, the private Dogan news agency and pro-government media reported.

The suspects — in Turkey and abroad — were determined to have shared propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, PKK, and the U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, as well as denigrating the Turkish flag and insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

An earlier, similar investigation by the same bureau resulted in 14 arrests.

Ankara is regularly criticized by press freedom advocates for cracking down on social media activity.

Earlier, the Turkish military said fighter jets had struck Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq and in southeast Turkey on Tuesday.

It said raids hit 15 targets in Iraq's Metina and Zap regions, 20 targets in Turkey's southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir and Hakkari. The airstrikes are part of ongoing operations against rebels linked to the PKK.