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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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Turkish Courts Order 12 Anti-Erdoğan Cartoons Removed from Twitter

December 22, 2017
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Turkish Courts Order 12 Anti-Erdoğan Cartoons Removed from Twitter

In two separate rulings this week, lawyers for Turkish president Recep Tayyip  have obtained court orders demanding that Twitter remove a total of 12 cartoons mocking him. Twitter has not yet taken action on the orders, which target 11 panels by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff and one by Dutch cartoonist Ruben Oppenheimer. Both Latuff and…

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Musa Kart Out of Prison But Still Facing Charges

July 31, 2017
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Musa Kart Out of Prison But Still Facing Charges

Following a judge’s order, Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart is out of prison after nine months along with six colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper. Four more are still detained, however, and all of the defendants still face charges that could result in prison sentences. Cumhuriyet is the only major independent newspaper remaining in Turkey, and the case…

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Musa Kart Issues Scorching Defense of Press Freedom in Court

July 28, 2017
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Musa Kart Issues Scorching Defense of Press Freedom in Court

The trial of Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and 16 colleagues from the newspaper Cumhuriyet, which began on Monday nine months after their initial arrests, is still ongoing as of Friday morning. In a hearing statement earlier this week, Kart pushed back forcefully against the spurious charges of aiding a terrorist organization, proclaiming that “this indictment…

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Sevinç Kart Speaks at European Parliament for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

May 9, 2017
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Sevinç Kart Speaks at European Parliament for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

Over six months ago, Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart and several of his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper were arrested in the midst of their government’s ongoing crackdown on independent media following the failed coup last July. After an unnecessarily long detention, they were finally indicted last month on spurious charges of supporting Kurdish militants and…

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Musa Kart and Colleagues Still in Prison Awaiting Indictment

March 8, 2017
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Musa Kart and Colleagues Still in Prison Awaiting Indictment

It has now been over four months since Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and several of his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper were arrested on suspicion of supporting Kurdish militants and the Gulenist movement. There is little change to report in their situation, but that in itself is newsworthy: Turkey’s government has not yet managed to bring…

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Turkish Journalist Questioned for Sharing Cartoon Online

July 11, 2016
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Turkish Journalist Questioned for Sharing Cartoon Online

In just the latest in a string of media clampdowns in Turkey, last week a reporter for Dicle News Agency was detained and questioned at a police checkpoint and for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with a cartoon shared on social media. Özgür Paksoy was allowed to leave after questioning, but could still face…

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Brazilian Cartoonist Dares Others to “Follow Me at Your Own Risk”

February 4, 2016
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“Follow me at your own risk.” This is the disclaimer Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff now displays as part of his Twitter bio in response to the recent ban of his website by the Turkish government. The artist recently sat down with Today’s Zaman to talk about the necessity of his craft and how free expression…

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Turkish Government Bans Brazilian Cartoonist

January 27, 2016
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Brazilian political cartoonist Carlos Latuff may have become popular amongst the general population of Turkey, but the Turkish government will stop at nothing to still his pen. In a recent interview with Al-Monitor, the cartoonist discusses the implications of his work and what it means to be the first foreign cartoonist facing a legal ban…

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Turkey’s Püff Adds to Diversity of Satirical Voices Against Repression

January 15, 2016
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Turkey’s Püff Adds to Diversity of Satirical Voices Against Repression

In Turkey’s increasingly repressive media environment, where journalists may be arrested for criticizing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan or officially forbidden from covering certain stories such as this week’s suicide attack in Istanbul, satirical magazines are nevertheless forging ahead. And while most of them–Leman, Penguen, and Uykusuz, for example–oppose the government from the left, there are…

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