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Dec 22 2018

Court temporarily suspends parental rights of Turkish journalist for insulting police

A Turkish court handed a journalist one year two month sentence for insulting the police and suspended his parental rights until he serves his term, Birgün newspaper reported.

Murat Güreş, a journalist working for online news sites in the southern province of Gaziantep, was charged with insulting the Turkish police in some posts he shared on social media.

Güreş defended himself saying he did not mean any insult and only criticised the police.

The court sentenced Güreş to one year two month in prison, saying the journalist committed the crime in public. It also temporarily suspended the journalist’s parental rights until he serves his term in prison.

Güreş, who has two children, said he would appeal the court’s ruling.