The trial of cartoonist Musa Kart, a CRNI Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award winner, commences in Istanbul on Monday. His is the most high-profile case but working conditions for cartoonists in Turkey have been deteriorating for some time.
Ryan Hartley Smith is an Assistant Professor of Illustration & Design at Queens College, City University of New York.
He has produced a wonderful visual essay for BuzzFeed covering the great heritage of cartoon satire in Turkey and the dire straits it’s in under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Read the full strip by clicking the image below.