50 Comics Positives For 2014: Musa Kart Won His Latest Legal Challenge, This Time From Recep Erdogan
The cartoonist Musa Kart was acquitted in late October on charges of insult through publication and slander -- which could have brought jail time for ten years. The accuser? Turkish President Recep Erdogan, continuing his own thin-skinned actions against cartoonist that dare to depict him on paper in a way he doesn't like and continuing an unfortunate world-wide trend for sitting politicians to control free speech by suing practitioners of satirical art. Musa Kart was no stranger to this kind of proceeding, having undergrone similar and major trials in 2006 and 2008.