Turkey’s PM is “servant of the Sharia”, imprissons cartoonist for insults

Turkey is, underA�Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, taking a deep dive into Islam. Erdogan called himself a “servant of the Sharia” (click for very interesting read on Turkey’s development under its new caliph).

Via CNN:

A court in Turkey this week sentenced two cartoonists to 11 months and 20 days in prison for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Soon after, the court changed the jail sentence to a fine of7,000 Turkish lira or about $2,700 each.

Cartoonists Bahadir Baruter and Ozer Aydogan draw for the weekly satirical magazine Penguen. Founded in 2002 with a weekly average of 65,000 readers, the irreverent comic book — similar in many ways to the French magazine Charlie Hebdo — regularly skewers Turkish politicians.

A defamation suit was filed against an August cover of Penguen in which a cartoon figure of Erdogan is welcomed to the presidential palace by a public servant. Erdogan tells him, “But this is so dry. We could have at least slaughtered a journalist.”

In a statement to the press, the Penguen team explained that a citizen who described himself as an Erdogan supporter “sent an email to the Prime Ministry Information Center. … According to the notice, the employee (in the cartoon) ‘made the gay signal with his fingers.’ “

Turkey’s public prosecutor eventually launched an investigation, claiming that both the speech bubbles and the “hand drawing” insulted Erdogan.

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