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Turkish Cartoonists Persist Despite Government Crackdown

October 19, 2017
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Turkish Cartoonists Persist Despite Government Crackdown

As Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart and his journalist colleagues from the newspaper Cumhuriyet continue to await a verdict on baseless charges of “aiding and abetting” terrorist organizations, other cartoonists in Turkey are also feeling the heat. At least one, Sefer Selvi, is officially under government investigation based on a citizen’s complaint. According to a…

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Latuff Sounds Alarm for Free Expression in Turkey

September 22, 2017
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Latuff Sounds Alarm for Free Expression in Turkey

As we continue to await a verdict in the politically-motivated trial of Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart and 16 of his journalist and editorial colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper, fellow cartoonist Carlos Latuff is doing everything he can from his home country of Brazil to keep the world’s attention trained on the free expression crackdown. Earlier…

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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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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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Trial Finally Begins for Musa Kart and Cumhuriyet Colleagues

July 24, 2017
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Trial Finally Begins for Musa Kart and Cumhuriyet Colleagues

After nine months of pre-trial detention, Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper finally appeared in an Istanbul court today for hearings expected to last all week. The case is seen as virtually the last stand for free press in Turkey, and demonstrators massed outside the courthouse with balloons and posters in…

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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

June 16, 2017
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Report Highlights Cartoonists Under Threat Worldwide

Two years after the attack on Charlie Hebdo staff, the world’s free expression focus has largely shifted away from cartoonists. That certainly does not mean the danger has disappeared, however, as a recent 30-page report from the French nonprofit Cartooning for Peace/Dessins Pour la Paix shows. The report brings together profiles of cartoonists under threat…

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CRNI Asks European Leaders to Seek Justice for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

May 26, 2017
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CRNI Asks European Leaders to Seek Justice for Imprisoned Turkish Journalists

Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and several of his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper have now spent over six months in prison, joining about 130 other journalists similarly detained in the media crackdown following Turkey’s attempted coup last July. In advance of the NATO summit in Brussels this week, Cartoonists Rights Network International sent an open letter…

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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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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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