source Daily Trust
A well-known Turkish journalist has been given sentenced to two years imprisonment for publicly quoting a saying about an ox in a palace.
The comment was taken to be a reference to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his lavish seat of power.
An Istanbul court was said to have found Sedef Kabas guilty of presidential insult and handed down a prison sentence of two years and four months, the MLSA lawyers’ association announced on Friday.
Following the decision, however, Kabas was released from pre-trial detention.
In January, the journalist had denounced, among other things, the Turkish government’s harsh treatment of critics in a television programme.
There and later on Twitter, she quoted a proverb: “When an ox goes to a palace, it doesn’t become a king, but the palace becomes a stable.’’
She did not explicitly mention Erdogan or his presidential palace in Ankara.
According to the lawyers’ association, Kabas said in the courtroom that she had not insulted the president, but that she had the right to criticise the government.