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Turkish Cartoonist Bahadir Baruter Charged With Insulting Religious Values

09/30/2011

Cartoon by Bahadir Baruter, Hurriyet Daily News

The English language newspaper the Hurriyet Daily News reported on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, that Turkish cartoonist Bahadir Baruter "will be put on trial for a caricature he drew in which he renounced god."  Published in the humor magazine Penguen, the cartoon features a scene from a mosque in which one of the believers, via a cell phone, asks God to excuse him from prayers so he can run some errands.  In the background of the cartoon, hidden in a wall decoration, are the words, "There is no Allah, religion is a lie."  To learn more about this case, click on Cartoonist to be Put on Trial for Renouncing God from the Hurriyet Daily News.

This recent attempt to keep Bahadir from expressing his opinions is not the first.  In January of 2011, Bahadir Baruter reported that he had been threatened for depicting Ottoman sultans as insects in his artwork for a deck of cards.  Read the IFEX alert by clicking on IFEX Bahadir January 2001 Alert

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