Turkey’s Embattled Political Cartoonists
A Turkish tradition of satire and caricatures is disappearing in the age of Twitter and Erdogan
By Ned Levin,
Yeliz Candemir and
Aug. 10, 2017 12:25 p.m. ET
Satirical cartooning may not be dead in Turkey, but it’s on life support. The country’s oldest satire magazine, Girgir, shut down in February amid a controversy over a cartoon depiction of Moses, who is a prophet in Islam as in Judaism and Christianity. The well-known cartoon magazine Penguen, whose jowly caricatures of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been a fixture at newsstands for years, closed this summer.
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