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Turkey’s Censorship Leads to More Outspoken Cartoonists

April 23, 2015
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15turkey-articleLarge

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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Turkish Cartoonists Narrowly Avoid Prison

April 2, 2015
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Baruter & Aydogan

In an attempt to comment upon the repeated violations of free speech and the rise in governmental prosecution of journalists in Turkey, two Turkish cartoonists themselves narrowly avoided a prison sentence this past week for their cartoon on the cover of Penguen magazine — a publication know for its often scathing political satire. The cover published…

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Humor as a Weapon Against Fear in Turkey

January 22, 2015
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Leman Charlie Hebdo

“Humor is our weapon against fear.” These are the words that Zafer Aknar, managing editor of Leman, one of Turkey’s largest satire magazines, recently spoke regarding increased hostility towards Turkish journalists and cartoonists for the strong level of support they expressed in response to the recent attacks on Charlie Hebdo. Although such sentiment continues to…

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Threats Continue Against Cartoonists, Newspapers, European Muslims

January 15, 2015
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Threats Continue Against Cartoonists, Newspapers, European Muslims

As anyone who follows our news coverage likely knows, France is certainly not the only country where cartoonists regularly face threats to their livelihoods and even their personal safety. In the week since the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, the chilling effect from both extremists and government officials on cartoonists around the world has only…

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Turkish Cartoonists Stand Behind Their Right to Free Speech Despite Threats

January 12, 2015
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Turkey Erdogan

As the number of political cartoons criticizing the Turkish government has increased, so have the drastic measures to stifle these forms of free speech. In an attempt to regulate the global image of Turkey as well as its rich and powerful, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s repeated attempts to censor journalists, authors, and cartoonists has…

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Turkish Government Takes Further Action Against Freedom of Speech

December 26, 2014
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15turkey-articleLarge

In light of recent events, ranging from laws implemented to restrict internet freedom while tightening governmental control to a series of police arrests made on December 14th of journalists, screenwriters, and other media agents, there is an increasing level of concern over the state of Turkey democracy and its citizens’ freedom of expression. In a…

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Cartoonists Play Role in Protest Against Turkey’s Block of Twitter

March 28, 2014
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Cartoonists Play Role in Protest Against Turkey’s Block of Twitter

In this day and age, you’d think that politicians would recognize that technology-savvy users will always find a way around attempts to ban popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Turkey’s attempt to block the latter certainly backfired, and cartoonists have been on the frontlines of the anti-censorship movement. Turkey’s prime minister, Recep…

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