Court orders removal of 10 news stories containing Latuff cartoons mocking Erdoğan

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A Turkish court has ordered the removal of 10 articles published by news site Diken, each of which includes a caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff, the Freedom Association’s EngelliWeb initiative reported. of expression (İFÖD).

According to EngelliWeb, the Istanbul 1st Peace Criminal Court in Anatolia issued its decision on Thursday on the grounds that the exhibits “violated the personal rights” of the president.

Latuff condemned the social media ban.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. A society where cartoons are criminalized is NOT a democratic society. And of course Turkey is anything but a democracy,” he said.

Latuff’s cartoon blog (http://latuffcartoons.wordpress.com) was also banned by a Turkish court in December 2015 and has not been accessible in Turkey since then.

Latuff is a freelance political cartoonist whose work deals with a range of themes, including anti-Zionism, anti-globalization, anti-capitalism, and anti-American military intervention. He is best known for his images depicting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the events of the Arab Spring. He also harshly criticizes Erdoğan’s policies as anti-democratic.

President Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government intensified its crackdown on critical media and journalists following a coup attempt in July 2016, which left dozens journalists were imprisoned, while more than 200 media were closed under the pretext of an anti-coup struggle.

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), 90% of national media in Turkey, ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2022 World Press Freedom Index, are owned by pro-government businessmen and toe the official line. .

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