Turkish Court Rules ‘Perverts’ Insults Gay Community

Turkey’s High Court of Appeals has ruled that a columnist’s description of the gay community as “sexual perverts” does not fall within the “limits of [journalistic] criticism.” LGBT group KAOS GL sued the newspaper now known as Vakit for a piece by Serdar Arseven called “Üskül prefers perverts,” which criticized Zafer Üskül, a member of Parliament, for attending an “International Anti-Homophobism Meeting” KAOS GL had organized. The court sided with KAOS GL, ruling that “the freedom of the press does not encompass the freedom to insult the personal freedoms of individuals.”