ANKARA Jan 3 Turkey arrested fashion designer
Barbaros Sansal on charges of inciting hatred on social media, a
day after he was attacked by baggage handlers at Istanbul's main
airport, state-run media reports said on Tuesday.
Social media showed footage of the Turkish designer being
beaten up by airport workers late on Monday as he was being
escorted from a plane to a car by police after being expelled
from northern Cyprus.
Sansal was expelled after posting a satirical video on
social media calling on people to continue to celebrate the New
Year "while there is so much filthiness, vileness and
impoverishment" in the country, shortly after a gunman killed 39
people at an Istanbul nightclub. The attack was claimed by
The designer is an outspoken critic of the ruling Justice
and Development party (AKP) and his video spoke of "scores of
journalists in prison" and "corruption and bribes" in Turkey.
Turkey has a poor record on free speech, with at least 81
journalists imprisoned, according to the New York-based
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and more than 130 media
outlets have been shut since a coup attempt in July.
(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Janet Lawrence)