MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Sedef Kabaş – trial for “insult” and “insulting the President of the Republic”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Sedef Kabaş
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2022
LAST UPDATED
11/03/2022
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Journalist
RIGHTS GUARANTEED UNDER THE RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Right to Impart Information and Ideas
TYPE OF INTERFERENCE
Judicial Interference
Criminal Courts
Sentence to imprisonment
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 299

Journalist Sedef Kabaş, on a program that she attended on Tele1, said, “There is a very famous saying. ‘A crowned head becomes wiser.’ But we see that it is not true. Or there is an exact opposite saying. ‘A bull does not become king just by entering the palace, but the palace becomes a barn’.” On the same night, she was detained for “insulting the President of the Republic”.

The journalist was referred to the İstanbul Criminal Judgeship of Peace for a request for her arrest. The judgeship has ruled that journalist Sedef Kabaş shall be arrested (January 22).

Indicted on February 11, 2022, journalist Sedef Kabaş is facing up to 7 years in prison on charge of “insulting the President of the Republic” and up to 4 years, 8 months in prison for “insulting” Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu (February 11).

Arrested on charge of “insulting the President of the Republic” by the İstanbul 10th Criminal Judgeship of Peace on January 22, 2022, Sedef Kabaş was indicted by the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office. With the investigation completed, the İstanbul 36th Criminal Court of First Instance has accepted the indictment. The first hearing will be held on March 11 (February 15).

At the hearing held on March 11, 2022, the court ruled that Sedef Kabaş should be acquitted of “insulting a public official” and be sentenced to 2 years, 4 months in prison on charge of “insulting the President of the Republic”. Held in pre-trial detention, Sedef Kabaş was released on the same day (March 11).