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.

-mappingmediafreedom.org

 


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  • Mick Ie

    It is very easy to suspect corrupt politicians, but when governments specifically target the educators, suspicion becomes affirmation.

  • sandalwood789

    This is why it is so important to continue to spread the truth about this evil ideology. After 1400 years of its unparalleled bloodshed, it’s about time that the world learned the truth about it.

    • Kevin

      Around 25 years ago I studied the Koran and Islam and came then to the conclusion that the greatest threat to Western civilisation was Islam.

      • johnandali

        Islam is a political movement, not unlike that of Nazi-ism and Communism, but it is being falsely advertised as being a religion. The only reason there are so many Muslims is that they out-breed every other culture, it’s jammed down their throats every day from the day they’re born, and any Muslim who decides to deny their “religion”, is fair game for execution.

  • D.Dave

    The first casualty of war is always the truth, followed closely by freedom of speech.

  • Duchess of Pork

    Maybe The Spectator could help LeMan out and run another poetry contest. Boris would be reluctant to enter of course but could award the prize to the winning entry.

  • Wheninrome

    “I have a bridge I can sell you” yes back in the day a Texan bought the bridge. Giles portrayed this famously with the Queens butler informing the texan that he was some sort of an idiot if he bought a bridge without getting a receipt.
    Satire, cartoons are most important humourous critiques of the world, silence our humour at your peril. The world would loose so much for what return?

    • johnandali

      Satire is a necessary part of human existence and culture. Try telling that to Russians or Saudi Arabians (or Turks), and see what would happen to you.

  • sandalwood789

    I think that Islam is *so* pernickety about being satirised that it should be done at a *government* level.
    Governments should be relentlessly ridiculing the ideology. It *deserves* ridicule.

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