Man detained for recording police in western Turkey

Turkish police have detained a man after he recorded an officer during an argument in the western province of Afyonkarahisar, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported.

Police stopped the man as he was driving, asking him for his vehicle registration, it said, which led to a confrontation between the man and the officer. When the man attempted to record the police, he was detained on the spot.

Turkey’s Directorate General of Security under the Interior Ministry last month issued a circular banning citizens from filming or recording police officers while on duty.

According to the new regulation, legal action will be taken against any citizens who record the police during any social events.

Critics and rights groups have accused the new directive as censorship and say it removes accountability from the police.