Turkey moves to deport journalist after tweets critical of PM
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Azeri journalist Mahir Zeynalov, a reporter for the English-language daily Today’s Zaman, left Turkey early on Friday after a government decision to deport him for posting tweets critical of the government, his employer said.
Today's Zaman said that the Prime Minister's Coordination Center (BİMER) likely made the decision to deport Zeynalov after he posted comments on his Twitter account that were critical of the Turkish government and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Erdoğan filed a criminal complaint against Zeynalov for tweets he posted on December 25 regarding the massive graft scandal that has gripped the country.
Zeynalov has been put on a list of foreign individuals who are barred from entering Turkey under Law No. 5683 for “posting tweets against high-level state officials” after he was identified as the owner of the Twitter account by the Turkish intelligence organisation.