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Turkey: prominent journalist detained for insulting president Erdogan [View all]

Also: Sedef Kabas: Turkish journalist jailed for reciting proverb (BBC)

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Source: The Guardian and agencies

Turkey: prominent journalist detained for insulting president Erdoğan

Sedef Kabaş faces imprisonment for saying a proverb, with colleagues condemning arrest as attempt to intimidate media

Staff and agencies
Sun 23 Jan 2022 03.49 GMT

A prominent Turkish TV journalist has been detained and could face imprisonment after being charged with insulting the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Police detained Sedef Kabaş at her home at 2am on Saturday and took her to a police station, before she faced court and was jailed pending a trial.

The alleged insult was a proverb that Kabaş expressed both on an opposition television channel and her Twitter account.

The proverb translates to: “When the ox comes to the palace, he does not become a king. But the palace becomes a barn.”

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/23/turkey-prominent-journalist-detained-for-insulting-president-erdogan


Sedef Kabas is accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP)

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Source: BBC

Sedef Kabas: Turkish journalist jailed for reciting proverb

23 January 2022

A Turkish court has detained well-known journalist Sedef Kabas for allegedly insulting the country's president.

Ms Kabas was arrested on Saturday in Istanbul and a court ordered her to be jailed ahead of a trial.

She is accused of targeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a proverb which she quoted on live television on an opposition-linked TV channel. She denies the charge.

The charge carries a prison sentence of between one and four years.

"There is a very famous proverb that says that a crowned head becomes wiser. But we see it is not true," she said on the Tele1 channel. "A bull does not become king just by entering the palace, but the palace becomes a barn."

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60099931

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