Monday, January 26, 2015



Former Miss Turkey, 26, facing trial after being arrested for posting satirical poem that criticised the country's president

A former Miss Turkey is facing trial for posting a satirical poem on social media that criticised her country's president.

The arrest of Merve Buyuksarac, 26, follows a crackdown in the country on critical media in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris.

Although officially Turkey is secular, 99.8 per cent of the population are registered as Muslim and there has been heated debate over freedom of expression in the wake of the Paris massacres.

Now it appears the Turkish crackdown is extending not just to monitoring the media, but also to its readers.

Officials confirmed that the model had been taken before prosecutors and questioned over the social media posting that they said had insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Merve, an educated young professional who works as an industrial designer and writer, ended up in court in the Caglayan neighbourhood of the western city of Istanbul.

Looking nervous and flanked by armed police, she told prosecutors that she 'may have quoted a poem' from the weekly humour magazine Uykusuz.

The judge, however, ruled to release Buyuksarac unconditionally, pending a date for the trial set to take place later in the year.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I firmly believe that Muslims are evil.

Jerry Doctor said...

An attractive young woman that is educated, models and works as industrial designer - I'm sure the Islamic nut jobs will demand she be stoned.

Bird of Paradise said...

Turkey is still living in the dark ages and were in the 21'st Century

Anonymous said...

It is getting almost as bad in the U.S. Anyone who criticizes Obama is attacked, just not arrested YET.