Wednesday, April 27, 2016

No free speech in Turkey

It is a Muslim country after all

A prominent Dutch journalist has been detained by Turkish police while on holiday, Dutch officials say, a week after she criticised President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in print for clamping down on dissent.

Columnist Ebru Umar, who is of Turkish descent and an outspoken critic of Erdogan, was detained by police overnight in Turkey where she was on holiday.

She tweeted on Sunday that she had been released but was not allowed to leave the country.

In the free newspaper Metro last week, Umar called Erdogan a "dictator" and criticised a Turkish consular official in the Netherlands for asking all Turks there to report incidents of insults against Erdogan in the country.

Erdogan is known for his readiness to take legal action over perceived slurs.

Insulting the president is a crime in Turkey punishable by up to four years in jail, but the law had previously been invoked only rarely.

Since Erdogan became president in 2014, prosecutors have opened more than 1800 cases against people for insulting him, the justice minister said last month.

Those who have faced such suits include journalists, cartoonists, academics and even school children.



Anonymous said...

Dictators do not allow any criticism of themselves.

Anonymous said...

Now you will see what a Trump or Cruz presidency has in store for us.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:15 has been in a deep sleep for the past 7 years. Go have a fling on your EBT card and go back to sleep.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:15 Is a fool, projecting leftist tendencies on the right.

It is the Left who are the natural dictators:

It is the left who is even now reaching out to prosecute people they call "climate deniers" for using their free speech rights.

It is the left who subpoenaed preachers sermons and correspondence in Houston so they could identify those who opposed a "bathroom bill".

It is the left who led the regimes in the 20th century that killed hundreds of millions of people.

Anonymous said...

George Will pointed out the leftist tendencies quite well recently:

Bird of Paradise said...

As the popular saying gose ITS HARD TO FLY LIKE A EAGLE WHEN YOU WORK FOR TURKEYS and here is a perfect example of what i'm squawking about

Anonymous said...

The press will just call you a racist and Obama will have the IRS audit you if you speak ill of him.

King Condor said...

Anon 3:56 So who real'y trusts those lowlife media reptiles anyway at least over 60% of the amreican public don't trust these scumballs

Birdzilla said...


Anonymous said...

What do you expect when Obama praises Turkey? Erdogan became emboldened when Obama didn't kick his ass for the protest ship that tried to sail to Gaza. The deaths on that ship were on Erdogan's hands not Netanyahu.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Obamas not the only terrorist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize there also was Yasir(Thats My Baby)Arafat

King Condor said...

The turkeys in turkey no common sence from the lunatic fraction