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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 Publisher Closes Satirical Magazine Over Moses Cartoon

February 20, 2017
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Turkish Publisher Closes Satirical Magazine Over Moses Cartoon

The publisher of the Turkish satirical magazine Gırgır abruptly shut down the publication and laid off all its staff last week in response to a cartoon that irreverently depicted Moses and was deemed offensive to both Jews and Muslims. The magazine’s parent company Sozcu is staunchly secular and well-known for its opposition to President Recep…

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Satirical Cartoon Blog Post Blocked in Turkey

December 9, 2016
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Satirical Cartoon Blog Post Blocked in Turkey

A blog post featuring satirical cartoons of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is currently blocked by court order inside Turkey but freely available elsewhere, highlighting the delicate balance between intellectual freedom and local laws that online hosting platforms must maintain if they wish to operate internationally. The post on a Turkish blog hosted by U.S.-based…

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Musa Kart and Colleagues to Remain Jailed Until Trial

November 7, 2016
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Musa Kart and Colleagues to Remain Jailed Until Trial

After five days in detention, Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart and eight of his colleagues at Cumhuriyet newspaper were formally arrested and charged with supporting Kurdish militants and the Gulenist movement on Saturday. They are expected to remain in jail until their trial at an undetermined date. More than a dozen Cumhuriyet staff members were detained…

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Turkish Cartoonist Musa Kart Arrested with Newspaper Colleagues

November 1, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonist Musa Kart Arrested with Newspaper Colleagues

Political cartoonist Musa Kart was among more than a dozen staff members arrested in yet another raid on a Turkish media outlet yesterday, the latest development in a government crackdown on the press following a failed coup attempt by some members of the military in July. This time the target was Cumhuriyet, one of Turkey’s…

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Turkish Cartoonists Discuss Post-Coup State of Free Speech

September 1, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonists Discuss Post-Coup State of Free Speech

Since the attempted coup in Turkey, the country’s administration has been arresting and silencing journalists and cartoonists in the country, so Cartoon Movement sat down with four cartoonists – Menekse Cam, Emrah Arikan, Halit Kurtulmus and Oguz Gurel – to discuss the state of affairs and what it means to be a satirist in their home country today. “At present, cartooning in Turkey is really…

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Turkish Cartoonist Arrested Along With Newspaper Colleagues

August 18, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonist Arrested Along With Newspaper Colleagues

Turkish-born cartoonist Dogan Güzel has been arrested in Istanbul along with more than 20 colleagues from the Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem, which has also been shut down by government order. Güzel, the recipient of Cartoonists Rights Network International’s very first Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award in 1999 and now a naturalized Spanish citizen, happened to…

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After Ban and Media Crackdown, Turkish Magazine Fears Attack

July 29, 2016
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After Ban and Media Crackdown, Turkish Magazine Fears Attack

The Turkish government’s media crackdown continues this week, thinly justified as a “cleansing” after the failed coup attempt of July 15-16. In the past few days, more than 130 press outlets have been shut down and arrest warrants issued for 89 journalists and media executives, with at least 48 arrested so far. The editor of…

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Turkish Leman Censored in Post-Coup Crackdown

July 21, 2016
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Turkish Leman Censored in Post-Coup Crackdown

The already dire situation for freedom of expression and other basic human rights in Turkey has sharply worsened since last week’s failed military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government. In just the past few days, 10,000 people have been arrested on spurious charges, nearly 60,000 civil service workers and all public university deans have…

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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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