A court in Turkey has recognized local journalist Hilal Calafat guilty of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and sentenced her to 28 months in prison for a message on the social network Twitter. It is reported Turkish Agency Cihan.
According to him, the court found that in March 2015 the journalist, living in the city of Afyonkarahisar, left some messages on his page in the social network, which contained criticism of the President and his Party, justice and development for negotiations with prisoners serving life sentences the leader of the banned Turkey Kurdistan workers ‘ party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan, which took place as part of the process of peaceful settlement of the Kurdish problem.
Later journalist deleted the message, but the Prosecutor’s office has already started investigation.
At trial, Calafat said that she had no intentions to offend anybody, and she criticized the government, since it was inappropriate to negotiate with a terrorist organization. The court took into account the arguments of the defendant and has decided to defer sentence for a period of five years. If during this time Calafat will allow such a violation, go to jail, said TASS.
The Agency notes that this is not the first time in Turkish sentences against journalists who insult the President. Ankara is closely monitoring publications in mass media and social networks that relate not only to the highest officials, but also disclosure of state secrets or contain defamatory to the authorities.
The last major scandal of this kind is associated with well-known Turkish journalist Jan Dundrum, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Hurriyet, and the Ankara Bureau chief of this newspaper by Erdem gül. They were arrested in late November last year because of an article about the secret supply of weapons to militants in Syria allegedly carried out by the Turkish intelligence.
The Prosecutor’s office of Istanbul has completed the preparation of the indictment and demanded life prison terms for the accused. They are charged with, treason, disclosure of state secrets, espionage, dissemination of false information and defamation of authorities. The first court session on this business should pass later in February.