An İstanbul court has ruled to imprison Sedef Kabaş, a well-known Turkish journalist and a TV presenter, for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over a tweet.

Police reportedly raided her house in İstanbul’s Sarıyer district in the early hours of Saturday and detained her.

She was formally placed in pre-trial detention by a court later the same day.

The crime of insulting the president carries a jail sentence of one to four years in Turkey.

A total of 36,581 people have been investigated for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan between 2014 and 2020.

Insulting the president is a crime in Turkey, according to the controversial Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK). Whoever insults the president or a government official can face up to four years in prison, a sentence that can be increased if the crime was committed through the mass media.

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