“This ban is a clear sign that Turkey is everything but a democracy. If you punish artists for mocking politicians, then definitely you do not have a democracy” — Latuff
Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff has reportedly had his website banned by the Turkish government. Latuff’s cartoons have frequently taken aim at Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In an interview with Al-Monitor Columnist Pinar Tremblay, Latuff said: “Turkey is the only country where access to my cartoon blog was officially blocked. I haven’t heard of a similar ban in other countries. In the case of Turkey, I have the document from the Turkish government certifying the ban.”
This is, according to journalist Tremblay, “the first time a foreign cartoonist is facing a legal ban in Turkey.”
For the Ms. Tremblay’s complete interview with Latuff, go to Al-Monitor’s Turkish Pulse.