Turkey: A journalist in pre-trial custody for “insulting the president”

Turkish journalist Sedef Kabas was arrested on Saturday for “insulting the president” and was remanded in pre-trial custody, citing a proverb on television targeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a journalist’s lawyer reported. “There is a very popular saying that a hairy head becomes smarter. But we see that is not true. The cow will not enter the palace and become king, but the palace will become a stable,” the journalist said. Visible in Turkey, live Friday on the Tele1 channel.

Sedef Kabas posted this “Circassian proverb” on his Twitter account, where he was followed by nearly 900,000 subscribers.

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