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March 4, 2005

World Press Picks Up on Story of Turkish Prime Minister Suing Cartoonists

A number of news sites have either mirrored or contributed their own story about Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan suing cartoonists when they depict him in a manner he doesn't like, including sources in the U.S., Belgium, within Turkey, and the BBC with an updated version of their earlier story. All of the stories note how odd it is for a prime minister who was once punished for reading a poem to not follow the meaning implicit in his own journalistic reforms and choose such a regressive strategy, but I think the most important thing is if the story gains enough traction to brand Turkey as a place not ready to accept standard democratic reforms. With Turkey seeking greater access to the West, that could result in major political fall-out.
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