In 2015, I composed a Washington Post column criticizing the entire world leaders who dared to get free speech and the free press after the massacre of editors with from the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, particularly the vehemently anti-free address and anti-free media president of Turkey Recep Tavyip Erdogan. The editors were killed because the magazine published a cartoon of Mohammad. Seeing the authoritarian Erdogan at the front of the march was the greatest mocking of these deaths and proof that world leaders cared for those rights and also the 12 dead. Not only did Erdogan’s authorities follow the march by prosecuting a cartoonist, but it is looking extended prison sentences for four Hebdo journalists for a cartoon mocking Erdogan.
Erdogan’s authoritarian impulse is only matched by his vanity and sensitivity to criticism. In this case, Hebdo published a cartoon last year depicting Erdogan looking a woman’s skirt whilst drinking beer into his panties and saying”Ooh, the Prophet.” His administration is currently seeking four decades sentences.
The four journalists have been identified as cartoonist Alice Petit and three managers of the famous magazine — Gerard Biard, Julien Serignac and Laurent Sourisseau. They’re charged with the offense of publishing an image that is”rough, disgusting and insulting.” Such publications, even cartoons, are exceptions for free speech or the free media by Erdogan’s government — an exclusion that obviously swallows both rights.
We have followed the fast destruction of the royal authorities and civil liberties in Turkey under the authoritarian rule of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan employed a unsuccessful coup to drive his attempt to create a de facto Muslim regime and also to finish his job at devoting his critics, such as forcing the resignation of tens of thousands of royal academics, and suspending all civil liberties at a proclaimed state of crisis.
While he has been adopted as an ally, Erdogan opposes the heart rights that define the nation. Unfortunately, since the 2015 massacre, many in america have move nearer to Erdogan’s perspective of free speech and the free media in calling for increased censorship and address regulation. Truly, leading professors possess the integrity recently to declare that they believe “China is appropriate” about censorship.
This prosecution is the genuine face of not only Erdogan but the growing movement against free speech.
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