Another satirical magazine silenced by an extremist Islamist

www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk620 × 467Search by image Cartoonist Renald Luzier is overcome with grief during a Press conference to launch the first issue

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Cartoonist Renald Luzier is overcome with grief during a Press conference to launch the first issue of Charlie Hebdo after the terrorist attack that murdered all his fellow cartoonists

We all know how extremist Islamic terrorists  silenced the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by slaughtering  almost all of its cartoonists.  For a short period of time the remaining cartoonist continued to bravely mock Islam but eventually the strain was too much and they made a public declaration that Islam would be the only religion that the magazine would not satirise.

In an Islamic country that the media have repeatedly  held up as an example of moderate Islam, you would not expect a satirical magazine to be silenced.  In Turkey  however, in the wake of the failed coup by the army whose role is to keep  mosque and state separate, that is exactly what has happened.

While media commentators have called the failure of the coup  a triumph for democracy, it has in fact been the opposite. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is an Islamist and wants a theocracy where there is no separation of mosque and state. Now that the coup has failed, like dictators throughout history before him, he is purging the people around him and is silencing media. Even before the coup he had journalists in jail.

If you think Turkey is a genuine democracy then I have a bridge I would like to sell to you. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan  has become a dictator and it is a very dangerous time indeed  for a journalist to be a critic of his regime right now.

The director of the satirical Turkish magazine Leman, Zafer Aknar, stands in his office GETTY Images

The director of the satirical Turkish magazine Leman, Zafer Aknar, stands in his office GETTY Images

 

20 July 2016 – The printing and distribution of the latest issue of the Turkish satirical magazine LeMan have been blocked by police, Deutsche Welle reported. The issue was a special edition on last week’s coup attempt in Turkey. The cover suggests both the government and those behind the coup are responsible for the death toll. Published weekly, LeMan is one of Turkey’s oldest and most established satirical magazines.

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