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December 21, 2017

Turkish President Erdogan Demands Oppenheimer's Twitter-Fucking Cartoon Removed From Site

Here. Erdogan's imperious hostility towards cartoon criticsm has been documented for about two decades now, and there seems to be no end to what will be pursued.

The anti free speech efforts that grind my teeth the most is the legal banning of any satire against those in power, and it's not difficult to envision a future where more countries do this rather than fewer. When this started, there was hope that Turkey could be walked back from this naked hostility as an inducement to better relationships with countries in the west. That's not even on the table. It's more likely in my mind that western countries devise similar strategies, by a different name.
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