Tom Spurgeon's Web site of comics news, reviews, interviews and commentary

May 17, 2005

Erdogan/Penguen Trial Begins in Turkey

imageThere was movement today in the latest in a series of legal actions taken by Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, against magazines and cartoonists that publish his likeness. This time he's suing the magazne Penguen and its owner for a series of portraits of a likeness of the Prime Minister's head attached to depictions of various animals. In today's court, the defense basically answered the charges and criticized Erdogan. This article nicely sums up the irony of Erdogan taking this position given his own self-portrayal as a champion of free speech. Erdogan's actions have been widely criticized throughout Europe, although the limits of that criticism are unknown. The trial will resume July 5.
posted 10:03 am PST | Permalink

Daily Blog Archives
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
Full Archives