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December 13, 2005

Erdogan Loses in Appeals Court

A court of appeals in Turkey has thrown out a fine against a cartoonist who depicted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a horse. Sefer Selvi's cartoon appeared in April 2004 and led to an approximately $7500 fine -- although I admit I'm guessing on that latter fact, what with their being multiple Turkish currencies and my having a general conversion incompetence that usually only rears its ugly head whenever I buy DVDs from Hong Kong.

Erdogan has cases or threatened cases out against Musa Kart and Erdil Yasaroglu for animal-related cartoons they made that would be mild by US publishing standards but nonetheless honked off Erdogan. Erdogan's habit of checking the press by lawsuit has come under fire throughout Europe as a potential issue that could keep Turkey from becoming a bigger economic partner with the West.
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