In Turkey, sharp rise in prosecutions over insults to president raise alarm over democracy

March 6, 2015 10:00 AM

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In Turkey, sharp rise in prosecutions over insults to president raise alarm over democracy

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac speaks to The Associated Press in Istanbul, Turkey. It has become as easy to get jailed for offending the country’s paramount leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as it is in countries where laws forbid insults to royals. The trend alarms many people who have harbored hope for Turkey as a beacon of Western-style government in the Islamic world. Last year, former Miss Turkey Buyuksarac posted a seemingly innocuous poem on her Instagram site. In January, Buyuksarac was arrested over suspicion of violating the law prohibiting insults to public servants. She could face up to two years in prison. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac speaks to The Associated Press in Istanbul, Turkey. It has become as easy to get jailed for offending the country’s paramount leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as it is in countries where laws forbid insults to royals...

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