Turkish journalist jailed after ‘insulting’ President Erdogan in TV interview

A Turkish journalist was thrown in jail after officers accused her of creating an “insulting” remark towards the nation’s president in a reside TV interview final week.

Sedef Kabas, the journalist, is awaiting trial on a cost of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kabas was arrested Saturday after a choose decided she was a flight threat, a transfer criticized by Kabas’s lawyer as being unwarranted.

“There isn’t any suspicion of her leaving the nation, neither is there any suspicion of obfuscation of the proof, neither is there any query of her not going to authorities when she is summoned,” Ugur Poyraz, Kabas’s lawyer, stated on Turkey’s Halk TV channel, in keeping with the Washington Publish.

The alleged insult got here within the type of a Turkish proverb, and Kabas didn’t discuss with Erdogan by identify.

“A topped head will get wiser, however we see that it’s not true,” Kabas stated on the opposition tv channel Tele1 final Friday, in keeping with CNN. “When a cattle enters a palace, he won’t be a king, however that palace turns into a barn.”


In a court docket assertion, Kabas denied aspiring to insult the president, in keeping with the BBC. If convicted, the cost carries a most sentence of 4 years in jail.

Fahrettin Altun, the pinnacle of Turkey’s communications division, accused Kabas of insulting the president and condemned her feedback.

Sedef Kabas
Sedef Kabas.

(AP Picture/Emrah Gurel)

“Politics, opposition, and journalism all have morals. Those that see this morality on this nation an excessive amount of are the poor individuals who don’t have any self-respect. A so-called journalist is blatantly insulting our President on a tv channel that has no aim aside from spreading hatred!!” Altun stated in a tweet.

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Kabas, who has a profession in journalism spanning over three a long time, additionally shared the proverb on social media following her interview.

Since turning into the president of Turkey in 2014, 35,500 circumstances have been filed for insulting Erdogan below the insult regulation. Almost 13,000 individuals have been convicted, in keeping with the Related Press.

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