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February 16, 2006

Erdogan Loses Again in Court

Here's a protest that seems to have worked. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's claim for approximately $30,000 USD in compensation against the magazine Penguen for cartoons depicting him as various animals was tossed out of court Tuesday. Penguen had put the feature together to protest a fine against a political cartoonist -- I think Musa Kart, but I'm unable to find it for some reason -- who had portrayed the PM as a cat. The story has been a big deal because Erdogan's efforts were criticized by some as evidence that Turkey was not ready to join the European Union and its members more liberal press policies, although it's interesting how that's been tested the last few weeks.
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