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Ex-Miss Turkey gets suspended sentence for insulting president

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.

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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.

Former Miss Turkey gets 14-month suspended sentence for insulting Erdogan https://t.co/dKcgR1Y8afpic.twitter.com/ooCooPeUCI

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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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