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August 3, 2006

Erdogan Sues Over Portrayal as Tick

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apparently sued the satirical magazine Leman and its cartoonist Mehmet Cagcag for 25,000 Turkish liras ($16,700) over a cartoon portraying the politician as a tick. Erdogan has sued various Turkish publications depicting him as an animal in their pages, causing political groups throughout Europe to question his commitment to a free press. The cartoon in question this time used news of a tick-borne disease to craft a point about Erdogan's political performance. For those keeping track, this is the fourth installment in the ongoing "Erdogan as Animal" saga, and you can cross the following off of your list:

1. Horse (April 2004)
2. Cat in a ball of wool (May 2004)
3. Frog, camel, monkey, snake, duck and elephant (February 2005)

Cagcag and Leman are no strangers to controversy, having received death threats in 2003 for cartoons on the Palestinian situation. The trial is expected to start in September.
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