Former Miss Turkey May Do Jailtime For Poetic Instagram Picture That “Insulted” Islamist President Erdogan February 27, 2015

Former Miss Turkey May Do Jailtime For Poetic Instagram Picture That “Insulted” Islamist President Erdogan

Merve Buyuksarac was crowned Miss Turkey in 2006. Now she’s back in the spotlight — because a Turkish prosecutor wants to teach her a lesson for having allegedly insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with an Instagram picture.

Buyuksarac’s lawyer told reporters that an Istanbul prosecutor is attempting to take Buyuksarac to court for insulting a public official. If found guilty, she could face up to two years in prison.

While the post has since been deleted, Hurriyet Daily News describes it as a satirical text titled “The Master’s Poem.” …

Insulting the Turkish leader has become a risky proposal since Erdoğan made the leap from the prime minister’s office to the president’s office last year.

On this score, I beg to differ with the Washington Post. Even as prime minister, Erdoğan’s skin was always as thin as cigarette paper. I wrote about that ten years ago. And again. And again.

Here, via the Telegraph, is the current scope of how censorious this ridiculous man and his judicial cronies are:

And the same thing, by another yardstick:

More than 60 people have been charged for their mockery of Erdoğan since August: Just a couple of months ago, a 16-year-old high school student was arrested after making a speech in which he described Erdoğan as “the thieving owner of the illegal palace.” …

Journalists are one notable target, with many arrested over the past few months. Now former beauty pageant queens with large social media followings are apparently at risk too. A court will soon decide whether to pursue the case against Buyuksarac. Meanwhile, Erdoğan repeatedly talks of his country’s “expanding freedoms.”

I wasn’t able to find a translation of the satirical poem/picture that got Buyuksarac in trouble. If you can provide it, please share in the comments.

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