Posts Tagged ‘ Erdoğan ’

Why Musa Kart is an Optimist and Americans Can’t Afford to be

May 11, 2018
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“I believe in Turkey. I believe for Turks there is no night that lasts forever. Also in Turkey the daylight will return.” – Musa Kart Political Cartoonist, Musa Kart was honored for his bravery in the face of government oppression with the 2018 International Press Cartoon Prize by the Swiss Foundation Cartooning for Peace. This…

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Turkish Cartoonist one of 14 Convicted on Terrorism Charges

April 27, 2018
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Turkish Cartoonist one of 14 Convicted on Terrorism Charges

In a verdict certain to have a chilling effect on journalism in Turkey, political cartoonist Musa Kart and 13 of his fellow staffers were sentenced to jail this week. The defendants all worked for Cumhuriyet, a Turkish newspaper critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The official charge was that of “aiding a terror group without…

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Turkey’s Crackdown on Cartoons

August 18, 2017
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Turkey’s Crackdown on Cartoons

Ever since the failed coup attempt in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has instigated a crackdown that has led to 50,000 arrests and the loss or jobs for nearly 100,000 people. Cartoonists are among the victims of Erdoğan’s censorious campaign. CBLDF has reported extensively on Musa Kart, a political cartoonist who was arrested along with several journalists…

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Actor and Columnist Sentenced to Prison for Sharing Cartoon

April 14, 2017
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Actor and Columnist Sentenced to Prison for Sharing Cartoon

Turkish actor and columnist Orhan Aydin has received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 20 days prison for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by sharing a cartoon on social media.  Aydin shared a cartoon by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff that mocked Erdoğan’s visit to Cuba. The Istanbul court that passed the sentence also cited Aydin’s social media…

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Turkey’s Censorship Leads to More Outspoken Cartoonists

April 23, 2015
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Turkey has one of the richest histories of satire and cartooning, but it is also one of the most oppressed and governmentally regulated countries in recent history when it comes to freedom of speech and expression. But cartoonists continue to battle government censors. Since taking office in 2014, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not only…

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