Turkish College Student Convicted for Tweeting Satirical News Story

by: Robert Mackey | New York Times

A provincial court in Turkey sentenced a college student to one year in prison on Thursday for the offense of “insulting a public official” by sharing a satirical news story about a regional governor on Twitter.

 

The student, Meral Tutcali, said in an interview that the sentence was suspended because she had no criminal record. She was warned, however, that she would be jailed if she committed another offense in the next five years.

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