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Turkey: Rapper detained over allegedly ‘insulting the President’ in his songs

22 June 2021
Image: Rapper Şehinşah / sehinsah on Instagram

 

5 June 2021: Turkish authorities detained rapper Şehinşah (real name Ufuk Yıkılmaz) on the grounds of allegedly “insulting the President” in two of his songs, reported BirGün.

The artist confirmed on his Twitter profile that he was released the day after.

Şehinşah’s lawyer Kardelen Başak issued a statement on Twitter about the artist’s detention stating, “[…] We will continue to support freedom of expression […] we will not give up.”

Şehinşah was previously detained and released on the same charges in September 2019.

According to Freemuse’s State of Artistic Freedom 2021 report, in 2020, artists experienced legal prosecution under Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code (Insulting the President of the Republic) and also the 1991 Anti-Terror Law (no. 3713/TMK). Both laws have been used to legitimise state repression against opposing ideas and individuals.

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