A Turkish man has filed a legal complaint against his wife because she insulted president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish media reports. The man, identified only as Ali D., said that he had cautioned his wife against lobbying burns at Erdogan, but that she did not heed his instructions. “I kept on warning her, saying, ‘Why are you doing this? Our president is a good person and did good things for Turkey,’” Ali D. said. Unsurprisingly, his wife has now filed for divorce.
This rather strange case fits into a broader pattern of legal action taken against civilians who have dared to insult the president, which Erdogan’s administration claims is a violation of the country’s legal code. Last fall, for example, a Turkish doctor was put on trial because he made a meme comparing Erdogan to Gollum from Lord of the Rings. Erdogan’s opponents have voiced concerns that the crackdown quashes freedom of speech.
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