The host of a YouTube opinion program that stops random citizens on the street and asks for their opinions on current events revealed this week that multiple show guests have faced police action for their opinions and that police have also brought him in for “questioning” on his program, the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) reported on Thursday.
The program, Kendine Muhabir (“One’s Own Reporter”), seeks to understand general public sentiment about the government of Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by tuning into the opinions of average citizens. It faces significant legal challenges in doing so because “insulting the president” is a crime and a civil infraction in Turkey and Erdogan has proven a particularly litigious Turkish president.
Kendine Muhabir has nearly 50,000 subscribers on YouTube, signaling popular demand to hear a variety of opinions outside of what Turkish mainstream media report. While once a thriving media market, Erdogan and supporters with