Turkey’s top court rules in favor of LGBT activist in landmark hate speech case

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06/04/2024

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of a LGBT activist, declaring that a lower court’s refusal to block homophobic content targeting her was a violation of her rights, the Stockholm Center for Freedom reported. Efruz Kaya, a civil society employee represented by the Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA), had requested an access ban on homophobic news reports published after she appeared in a video for “Trans Day of Remembrance” week in November 2019. Her requests were denied by a penal court of peace, prompting her to appeal to the top court. The decision is the first of its kind from the Constitutional Court regarding the failure to prevent hate speech against LGBT individuals.

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