"Turkish Prime Minister's Lawsuits Draw Cartoonists' Ire
Some fear an erosion of free speech after two artists are fined for satirical drawings.
By Amberin Zaman, Special to The Times
ANKARA, Turkey � This nation's best-known political cartoonists gathered in Istanbul on Wednesday to protest legal action taken by the prime minister against artists who criticized him through their work.
Members of the Turkish Cartoonists Assn. accuse Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of trying to stifle free expression even as Turkey is preparing to launch talks to win membership in the European Union."
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