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Ex-Miss Turkey gets suspended sentence for insulting president

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Ex-Miss Turkey gets suspended sentence for insulting president

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A former Miss Turkey has been given a 14-month suspended jail sentence for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Merve Buyuksarac was found guilty after sharing a satirical poem on her Instagram account. She has denied the charge.

Almost 2,000 people, including celebrities and schoolchildren, have been prosecuted in Turkey for insulting the president since he came to office in 2014, under a previously little-used law.

Human rights activists say Erdogan is using the law to silence and intimidate critics, including journalists, academics and ordinary citizens.

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