What Erdogan can’t laugh about: Turkish satire is so blatant

Lbefore today’s President Erdogan starts a major attack on all media and builds a largely uniform media landscape through repression and takeover, the satirists are hit. In 2005, when he was still head of government, he sued Musa Kart, the cartoonist of the daily newspaper “Cumhuriyet”, because he had drawn him as a cat.

When the “Penguen” responded with a cover showing Erdogan as a frog, elephant and other animal figures, Erdogan also sued the satirical magazine for insult. These are his first sensational measures against unpleasant reporting, which are later to be followed by many more and at the same time the first hint of permanent insult, which later becomes his trademark.

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