If You Insult The Turkish President, You're Going To Jail
Submitted by: lalapancakes⚫ 1 year ago in
In another, “Thank fuck I live in a country with actual free speech” moment, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the same bozo who said childless women are deficient earlier this month, went after the Turkish labor head after claiming she "insulted him," almost a full year ago.
Turkey has to know how asinine this shit looks to the outside world. The whole point of being a leader is to listen to criticism and insults and improve your country based on those complaints. That is literally half of your job! That’s like signing up to be a mall Santa and punishing children for asking for presents. What the fuck is wrong with Turkey?
“Police detained Çerkezoğlu at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport as she was due to depart for Germany. She was later released after giving her testimony to the prosecutor. A lawsuit had been filed for Çerkezoğlu in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on charges of ‘insulting the president.’ DİSK head Kani Beko said Çerkezoğlu was detained for a speech she delivered some time ago.”
“Cases of 'insulting' Erdoğan are based on Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), which states that anyone convicted of insulting the president should serve a prison term of between one and four years. More than 1,800 cases have been started against people accused of insulting Erdoğan since he came to office in 2014, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ announced. Those who have gone on trial include celebrities, journalists, activists and even schoolchildren.”