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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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Musa Kart Indicted After Lengthy Detention, Could Face 29 Years in Prison

April 7, 2017
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Musa Kart Indicted After Lengthy Detention, Could Face 29 Years in Prison

Five months after Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart was arrested along with several of his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper on suspicion of supporting Kurdish militants and the Gulenist movement, they finally were formally indicted this week. If convicted, Kart could face up to 29 years in prison. The charges specifically against Kart are “helping an…

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Turkish Artist and Journalist Sentenced to Two Years for Painting

March 17, 2017
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Turkish Artist and Journalist Sentenced to Two Years for Painting

A Turkish artist and journalist has been sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison for her painting showing the aftermath of the government’s assault on a Kurdish city last year. Authorities claim that Zehra Doğan endangered security by depicting an ongoing military operation in Nusaybin, but in fact her painting was based on…

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