Turkish cartoonists convicted for insulting Turkish Prime Minister
March 26,Turkey : Two cartoonists Bahadir Baruter and Ozer Aydogan working for a popular satirical magazine in Turkey had published a cartoon in August 2014 displays the newly elected Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan entering the Presidential palace as he call it a “dry”welcome ,adding, “at least we could have slaughtered a journalist”.
According a statement by Penguen, a citizen filed a complaint to the prime minister’s office following the publication of the cartoon, claiming that the circular hand gesture of the aide in the cartoon, who is holding the buttons of his jacket, implies homosexuality.
The prime minister’s office then notified the prosecutor’s office, which resulted in an indictment bill and a court case on the cartoon.
Turkish court has sentenced two cartoonists to 11 months and 20 days in jail for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Istanbul court on Wednesday convert the sentence into a fine of 7,000 Turkish liras (approximately $2,700) for both the cartoonists .The two cartoonists were the latest ones prosecuted for purported insults against Erdogan.
A statement from Penguen said that the magazine would appeal the verdict added that the motivation for the sentence would be clear when the reasoned judgement would be publicized.
In Turkey dozens of people have been prosecuted for allegedly insulting Erdogan -on social media ,verbally and through cartoons.
The Oslo Times