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Turkish journalist detained after ‘insulting’ President Erdogan in a TV interview

Sedef Kabas was arrested in Istanbul on Saturday following a live interview on the opposition TV channel Tele1 last Friday, according to Turkey’s state broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television, TRT Haber.

Kabas used traditional Turkish proverbs to make references to Erdogan without actually giving the President’s name.

“A crowned head gets wiser, but we see that it is not true,” she said in reference to Erdogan’s nearly 20 years in power since becoming prime minister then president.

She then said: “When a cattle enters a palace, he will not be a king, but that palace becomes a barn.”

According to TRT Haber, the Istanbul chief public prosecutor’s office made a decision to send Kabas to prison after an investigation, following her comments.

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Kabas was detained at a hotel where she was staying overnight Friday.

Early Saturday morning, she was first taken to the police station and then to…

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