Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Nokta

Nokta
Photo Op
Police in Istanbul raided the editorial offices of the Turkish weekly magazine Nokta yesteday. All copies of the 14th September issue were seized before distribution, and the magazine was banned for insulting President Erdogan. Nokta's cover shows a Photoshopped picture of Erdogan smiling while taking a selfie in front of a Turkish soldier's coffin. The photograph is an adaption of Photo Op, the 2005 image of Tony Blair created by Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps.

Erdogan has a long history of suppressing any criticisms of his leadership, both as Prime Minister and President. He filed lawusits against Cumhuriyet newspaper in 2004 and the magazine Penguen in 2005. Artist Matthew Dickinson was charged with insulting Erdogan in 2006; he was charged again shortly afterwards, though was later acquitted. Two Penguen cartoonists received jail sentences earlier this year, after caricaturing Erdogan in a 2014 magazine cover.

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