Even being extremely sympathetic to the Turkish judiciary, the reaction does seem more than a little ridiculous. Aytac has 181,000 Twitter followers, but the seven retweets and three favorites the offending statement received make it unlikely to be the sort of thing that kicks off a mass uprising.Nevertheless, Aytac was handed a 10-month suspended sentence on Monday. The court refused to substitute a fine for the conviction, because it was the journalist’s second offence following a similar charge, local media said.Aytac subsequently said the actually pretty clever pun was just the result of a typo and tweeted that he would never insult the prime minister.
'Aytac said the actually pretty clever pun was just the result of a typo and tweeted that he would never insult the prime minister.'
1.BEN BA?BAKANA ASLA HAKARET ETMED?M. 2.AMA YARGIYA SON DÖNEMDE YAPILAN S?YAS? BASKI SANIRIM BEN?M ?LE ?LG?L? KARARDA DA ETK?L? M? OLDU?
— M. ÖNDER AYTAÇ (PhD) (@onderaytac)April 28, 2014
Samanyolu is owned by with the Islamist Gulen movement opposed to Erdogan's Justice and Development party. Aytac, who is also a scholar, has links with the movement too.It is not the first time that Twitter has landed someone in trouble in Turkey. Pianist Fazil Say was also sentenced to 10 months in prison last September for tweets which authorities said insulted Islam.
'Where there is a louse, a non-entity, a lowlife, thief or fool, they are all pro-Allah,' tweeted pianist Fazil Say.