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Turkish Court Sentences Woman to 11 Months in Jail for Criticizing Erdogan

© AP Photo / Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service, Pool via APTurkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 - Sputnik International
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An elderly Turkish woman was sentenced to almost a year in prison for carrying a banner criticizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Hurriyet newspaper’s Tuesday report, the woman, 62, carried a placard saying "We are turning our backs on indecent Erdogan" at a protest in 2015.

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A court in the town of Didim sentenced the woman to a prison term of 11 months and 20 days, saying that the banner could hurt the president’s dignity, the newspaper reported.

Turkey's crackdown on journalists and restrictions on freedom of speech has been condemned by the international community, including the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, Russia and the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) organization.

The Turkish laws making it illegal to insult Turkey, the Turkish nation, or Turkish government institutions. According to media reports, more than 1,500 people in Turkey are being investigated for insulting the president.

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