There are lots of articles writing about the prosecution of Canan Kaftancıoğlu. For example this, this and this all come right after their wikipedia page when I search her name.

I'm not doing a very good job of finding the content of the tweets though. The Guardian mentions that the tweets were

insulting a public official, publicly insulting the republic of Turkey, and insulting the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in tweets accusing him of theft

but doesn't offer the actual content, translated or otherwise. That doesn't sound like terrorism to me. But maybe the Guardian is not painting an accurate picture of what was said.

On the other hand, this article from some relatively unknown news source paints a very different picture of what was said;

tweets praising countless terrorist organizations. One of them is TKP-ML, a designated Maoist-Lenninist terrorist organization. Kaftancıoğlu tweeted about one of its top members saying “thousand salutes to the general...” acknowledging a terrorist as a general while failing to acknowledge the founder father of Turkey, Atatürk. She goes on to tweet about Sakine Cansız, one of the leading members of terrorist PKK, giving examples of her speeches and calling Cansız a revolutionary.

That's a direct quote, and goes into a lot more detail about what was said. However, I've never heard of this website, and I don't know if they are just making things up, or taking them so drastically out of context that the meaning is warped.

I'd like to find the actual tweets she was prosecuted for, rather than another interpretation of what they said. While the interpretations certainly add value by explaining the cultural background, they don't replace the originals.


  1. How many tweets were used as evidence in the prosecution?
  2. Are they archived anywhere that I can read them? In Turkish or translated.
  • Have you tried looking for the actual sentence of the case? Those are often public, and could provide a detailed description of the evidence that has been considered for the decision. Of course, you will probably need to search for it in Turkish.
    – SJuan76
    Commented May 22, 2022 at 14:17

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The decision from the Court of Cassation seems to contain the full content of the tweets for which Kaftancıoğlu was sentenced. My Turkish isn't really sufficient to provide a completely accurate translation, but I've given it a go below:

Date Content Translation
31/05/2013 günün özeti. Ben yazmadım miki yazdı! (Attached to an image of graffiti reading "O... Ç... TAYİP") Summary of the day. I didn't write it, Miki wrote it!
26/12/2013 RTE 'asıl hedef benim' diyor, hedef değil asıl hırsız sensin! RTE says 'I am the main target', you are the real thief, not the target!
23/03/2014 Şiştt sessiz olun RTE kapattığını sanıyor. Salak!... Crap be quiet RTE thinks he's turned it off. Idiot!...
02/08/2014 Kılıçdaroğlu: Alevi Demirtaş: Zaza Erdoğan: Hırsız Kılıçdaroğlu: Alevi Demirtaş: Zaza Erdoğan: Thief
25/08/2013 Sahi devlet katil olmak yerine kahraman olmayı seçseydi ne güzel olurdu! It would be nice if the state chose to be a hero instead of a murderer!
12/07/2014 ...Derin devlet diyerek olaya mistizm katıyor ve asıl devleti aklıyoruz aslında. Bu cinayetleri devlet işledi...! ...By saying the deep state, we add mysticism to the event and we justify the real state. These murders were committed by the state...!
12/05/2014 ... Hrant'da da dinlememiş miydik? Boşuna demiyoruz devlet katil değil seri katil diye. Öfkeliyim çok! ...Didn't we listen in Hrant too? We do not say for nothing that the state is a serial killer, not a murderer. I am very angry!
11/03/2014 Devlet katil değil seri katil.. #HoşçakalBerkinim The state is not a murderer, it is a serial killer.. #HoşçakalBerkinim
20/10/2014 Nasıl söylesem ama, ilk harflere baksana... "Hırsız Tayyip"... How can I say it, but look at the first letters... "Thief Tayyip"...
11/01/2013 İnsanlık tarihi kadın ile başlar. İnsanlık kadına yapılanlarla kaybeder demiş Sakine Cansız. Ve insanlık yine kaybetti. Human history begins with women. Sakine Cansız said that humanity loses with what is done to women. And humanity lost again.

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