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December 30, 2005

Details on Turkish Cartoon Decision

imageAP Writer Suzan Fraser has grabbed a hold of the news that an appeals court in Turkey overturned a cash fine of $8000 against the newspaper Evrensel for a cartoon by Sefer Selvi depicting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a horse being ridden by one of his advisors, Cuneyd Zapsu. The article does a nice job placing this in a context wider than a similar case involving cartoonist Musa Kart to include cases against the prominent writer Orhan Pamuk and a potential case against Dutch politician Joost Lagendijk. Even better, the article reprints the original offending cartoon by Selvi, which shows that not only did the cartoonist depict the prime minister as a horse, but a horse that looks disturbingly like Jerry Stiller.
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