Tag: Turkey

Turkish Cartoonist Musa Kart Arrested in Turkey; Blow to Freedom of Expression

Celebrated Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart’s arrest is a symbol of Turkey’s media purge orchestrated by President Erdoğan. As his trial is put on hold, his fellow cartoonists call for an end to censorship, It has long been the duty of cartoonists to analyse, mock, and satirise the world’s political events – especially those concerning the powerful. But in some parts…

Turkey: Dutch Journalist Arrested Over Insulting President Erdogan on Twitter

Ebru Umar, a 45 year-old Dutch columnist of Turkish descent, was arrested on 23 April over tweets which deemed to be offensive towards the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Umar was arrested at her apartment in Kuşadası and was taken to a local police station for investigation. Umar, a writer and a prominent journalist, is a regular columnist for the Dutch Metro newspaper. She is known…

Facebook and Twitter to Campaign Against Turkey Court Order Allowing Ban

Social networking sites Facebook and Twitter are planning to launch an appeal against a Turkish court order that allows authorities to shut down access whenever they want. The campaign is part of the latest crackdown by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on social media in Turkey. Twitter and the video-sharing site YouTube were both inaccessible for several hours after an image…