Veteran journalist Aysenur Arslan was sentenced to 11 months and 20 days in prison for insulting Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The sentence was suspended.
An Ankara court ruled Friday that Arslan had insulted Erdogan during her 2015 comments criticizing a government decision to ban the now-defunct Nokta magazine’s distribution.
The magazine was banned for its satirical cover that portrayed Erdogan taking selfie with a fallen Turkish soldier’s coffin, a controversial reference which implicated that Erdogan’s government fueled terror activities back then.
The Ankara court in charge sentenced Arslan to 1 year plus 2 months in prison, and lowered the sentence to 11 months and 20 days before suspending it.
As of the end of 2016, at least 10,000 people were under investigation on suspicion of terrorist propaganda and insulting senior state officials on social media. A total of 1,080 people were convicted of insulting Erdoğan in 2016, according to data from Turkey’s Justice Ministry. Data also showed that 4,936 cases were launched against people on charges of insult in 2016.