Turkish journalist sentenced to prison for insulting Erdogan

A journalist from Turkish daily newspaper Birgun has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The journalist was originally being investigated because of an article in which he indirectly accused Erdogan and his son Bilal of corruption, the newspaper said Wednesday.

He was sentenced, however, for his written defence, which the court considered to be an acrostic, containing a hidden message by connecting the first letters of each line. The first letters made the phrase "Hirsiz Erdogan" (thief Erdogan), Birgun said.

The defence is appealing the decision.

Since Erdogan was elected president in August 2014, more than 1,800 proceedings have been opened on accusations of insulting the president, according to the Justice Ministry.

Last update: Wed, 09/03/2016 - 17:00

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