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August 18, 2016

CBLDF: Turkish-Born, Kurdish Cartoonist Dogan Güzel Arrested In Latest Wave Of Round-Ups

There's a fine write-up here from Maren Williams about the plight facing the Kurdish cartoonist Dogan Güzel, arrested while visiting country as part of ongoing series of arrests designed to place the country in better control of its ruling elites after an unsuccessful military coup. The irony is that the cartoonist had left the country following dust-ups with authorities but was visiting when he was placed into custody.

Turkey and its prime power mover of the last several years Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have a horrible record of hectoring, harassing and otherwise cutting down cartoonists and other journalists and artists that don't speak to power in the way they feel is required. As you can read in the story, the charges go up as high as murdering those about to make political statements that don't match the goals of the current regime.
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