JOURNALIST HUSNU MAHALLI GETS JAIL TERM FOR CALLING ERDOGAN 'DICTATOR' | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


JOURNALIST HUSNU MAHALLI GETS JAIL TERM FOR CALLING ERDOGAN 'DICTATOR'

Syrian-Turkish journalist Husnu Mahalli has been handed down a 29-month prison sentence on charges of “insulting the president” and a suspended 20-month sentence for “insulting government officials,” after calling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “dictator”, online news outlet Diken reported on Thursday.

The veteran journalist, who writes columns in prominent opposition daily Sozcu, was arrested in December 2016 for “insulting government figures” over social media, in his columns and on TV. He was released pending trial by an Istanbul court a month later on the grounds that he was not likely to escape and the prison term sought against him was not considered lengthy.

In his defense during the sentencing hearing, Mahalli demanded his acquittal, stating that he was merely doing his job as a journalist. He said:

“I did not insult the president. I have always referred to him as ‘Mr. President’. The word ‘dictator’ does not include insult. It is an international definition relating to power held by one person”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of irony in the morning.

Erdogan did the one thing any dictator would do; punish this guy because he had an opinion.

Did he absolutely not understand what the optics of this action would look like, once he ordered this guy arrested and charged?!?

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