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Turkey: Comedian sentenced to prison for a stand-up show

4 February 2021
Image: Comedian Emre Günsal / Emre Günsal on Instagram

 

28 January 2021: Comedian Emre Günsal has received a sentence of three years and five months of imprisonment for his stand-up show from April 2020, which contained jokes about Atatürk, Mevlana, Şems Tabrizi, the city of Konya and its residents, reported Susma24.

Günsal was arrested in Istanbul on 11 April 2020 for allegedly using derogatory statements about Atatürk, Mevlana, Şems Tabrizi, Konya and Konya residents and investigated by the Konya Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office. He was released 11 days of detention.

The official reason for his detention was that he violated the law on “Crimes Committed Against Atatürk”, while also “insulting the memory of a person” and “inciting hatred and hostility or humiliating the public”, according to T24.

Günsal announced the conclusion of the lawsuit against him on his Twitter account, saying “I was sentenced to 3 years and 5 months in prison for 20 minutes of stand-up, which is 62 days for every minute I stay on the stage.”

Throughout 2019, Freemuse reported a total of 33 situations of artistic freedom violations in Turkey.

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