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Construction worker gets 2 years in prison for insulting President Erdoğan

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A construction worker from Turkey’s Balıkesir province was handed down a two-year, two month sentence for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by posting two caricatures about him on social media, the Evrensel daily reported on Friday.

Deniz Avcı said the caricatures by famous artists Sefer Selvi and Musa Kart were posted two years ago and that they were just criticisms, adding that he did not regret posting them.

The report also noted that there has been no prosecution of the caricaturists.

Hundreds of people in Turkey, even high school students, face charges of insulting President Erdoğan.

The slightest criticism is considered insult, and there has been a rise in the number of cases in which people inform on others claiming that they insulted the president, the government or government officials.

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