Miss Turkey Could Get Jail For Insulting President
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A former Miss World contestant is among the latest targets of prosecution for allegedly insulting Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as a crackdown on criticism extends to individuals on social media.
Since Erdogan was elected president in August, 67 people have been charged with insulting him, about one case every three days, Diken news reported on Feb. 21. A prosecutor has requested more than four years in jail for Merve Buyuksarac, a model who was Miss Turkey in 2006, for a satirical poem she posted on the photo-sharing site Instagram, the official Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday, citing the indictment. A lawyer for Erdogan submitted a complaint about the 26 year-old model in November last year, it said…
Buyuksarac, the model, says she didn’t insult Erdogan and that she’s preparing with her lawyer to fight any charges.
“I didn’t insult the president – at that time he was prime minister, so it changes the case,” she said by text message. “I only shared the poem, which was shared by 960,000 people in Turkey, and which is also not an insult.”
…The poem was about a person boasting of getting away with theft for 11 years and was called “The Master’s Poem.” Erdogan’s supporters commonly refer to him as “The Master,” a reference to his remark that his third term as prime minister would be his “master phase.”
Erdogan has himself been jailed over a poem. He served four months in prison for reading an Islamic poem at a rally in southeast Turkey in 1998, after prosecutors said it challenged the nation’s secular order. Erdogan says his government has expanded freedoms since then.
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