Dec 18 2017

Latuff says Erdoğan asked Twitter to block his cartoons

Brazilian caricaturist Carlos Latuff said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had asked Twitter to block 80 of his posts, including 11 cartoons.

Latuff, best known for his work on the Arab Spring and Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, said that Erdoğan’s demand was a clear contravention of freedom of expression.

“Is this Turkish democracy?” he asked on Twitter. “What’s he afraid of?”

Some of the caricatures depicted Erdoğan as a friend of Islamic State and a fake supporter of Palestinians and Kurds.

Latuff has also produced a series of cartoons portraying former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair as monsters and Nazis. He has been arrested three times in Brazil for cartoons of police brutality.