Merve Buyuksarac, a Turkish Beauty Queen has been sentenced to 1 year imprisonment for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a social media post.
Of all the things that can send one to prison, who would have thought that a remark or comment on social media could be an express route to the 4-walls of a prison cell.
27-year-old Merve Buyuksarac, was crowned Miss Turkey contest in 2006. The model and beauty queen posted a satirical poem popularly known as the “The Master’s Poem” on her Instagram account. The content of the poem were derogatory towards the president.
Arguing that the poem was not originally hers, her attorney insists that the model should not be penalized for words that are not even hers.
“I shared it because I found it funny. I had no intention to insult President Recep Tayyip Erdogan” – Merve Buyuksarac
Countering the notion, the President’s attorney said it was no excuse as the poem has long exceeded “the limits of criticism” to “an attack” on the personal rights of the president.
For sharing the satirical poem on Instagram in 2014, the beauty queen was sentenced to a 14-month prison sentence. She was then detained for a short while and later released on the condition that such does not repeat itself within the next 5 years.
“An Istanbul court found model Merve Buyuksarac, 27, guilty of insulting a public official but suspended the sentence on condition she does not repeat the act for the next five years, local media said on Tuesday.” – Aljazeera
It is on record that the poem in question has been circulating on social media for a while before the model re-posted it. Merve Buyuksarac will be adding to a very long list of people who have been sued for insulting the Turkish president.
According to human right activists, this is a crystal clear abuse of the law. They believe the President is infringing on the people’s freedom of speech.