Turkish cartoonist jailed on insult charge

first_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia The cartoonist Mehmet Düzenli began serving a three-month prison sentence yesterday in the southern city of Alanya on a charge of insulting Adnan Oktar, a controversial Muslim preacher who is well known for his creationist, anti-masonic, anti-Zionist and holocaust-denial views. The sentence was passed by a court in the nearby town of Sirik on 10 April as a result of lawsuit brought by Oktar over a cartoon about him. Düzenli refused to appeal on the grounds that a decision to suspend the sentence would still prevent him from expressing himself freely in his cartoons.“If Mr. Oktar has the right to claim that he is the Mahdi (the redeemer who is supposed to appear at the ‘end times’), I have the right to say that he is lying,” Düzenli said.“Jailing Düzenli over a cartoon is totally unacceptable,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Such a disproportionate sentence is a reminder that Turkey’s penal code often violates the country’s own constitution as well as international conventions on freedom of information. The Turkish authorities must urgently carry out the necessary reforms, including decriminalizing defamation and insult.”Turkey is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News April 2, 2021 Find out more June 13, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Turkish cartoonist jailed on insult charge Newscenter_img News News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law RSF_en April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia last_img

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