Former Miss Turkey, 26, facing trial after being arrested for posting satirical poem about Erdogan

A former Miss Turkey is facing trial for posting a satirical poem on social media that criticised her country’s president.

The arrest of Merve Buyuksarac, 26, follows a crackdown in the country on critical media in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris.

Armed Turkish police last week stopped delivery lorries leaving a newspaper’s offices to make sure that they had not included section of the French satirical magazine that might be offensive to Muslims.

Although officially Turkey is secular, 99.8 per cent of the population are registered as Muslim and there has been heated debate over freedom of expression in the wake of the Paris massacres.

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  • Islam is totalitarian tyranny.

  • mauser 98

    some bushy eyebrows

    • Blacksmith

      What eyebrows……

      • mauser 98

        errr ..ya got me there

  • David Murrell

    There are two (not really Muslim) Turkish professors in my department — and they are staying in Canada (Fredericton) almost entirely because of the Islamisation of Turkey. And in conversation they have a scathing view of Erdogan and his cronies. It is bad over there.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Erdogan’s fantasies about restoring the Ottoman Empire clash with ISIS’s plans for reestablishing the Caliphate. I see war in Turkey’s future.

    • Exile1981

      Unless they come to an agreement.

  • BillyHW

    Turkey out of Europe.

    • Blacksmith

      Unless it is in the form of a sammich.

  • Blacksmith

    Oblamer is green with envy.

  • cmh

    she needs implants…. LOL