Apr 20 2019

Holiday tour costs convicted Turkish cartoonist another year behind bars

A cartoonist with Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper, received a one year and 16 day sentence for purchasing a holiday tour package from a company linked to a religious group accused of orchestrating the July 2016 coup attempt, independent news site T24 reported.

Cartoonist Musa Kart was among 14 staff of left-wing Cumhuriyet, one of the few remaining media voices critical of the government, to receive a jail sentence last year on charges of terrorism and supporting U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen.

Kart was sentenced to four years in prison last year over links to Gülen movement, which is designated a terrorist organisation by Ankara.

The cartoonist learned that he was sentenced for a second time over links to the group, when the indictment files for the convicted staff in Cumhuriyet case were uploaded unto the government’s judiciary informatics system UYAP, T24 said.

A tour package purchased by Kart from ETS tour was considered a connection with the group, T24 said, citing the indictment.

“Evidently, holidays in Turkey are not that cheap,” Kart posted on Twitter.

“My phone call to ETS for a three-day holiday packages was considered communicaton with the Gülen movement. I guess it wasn’t enough that I’ve served months in prison...” he added.

The owner of ETS tour  Mehmet Ersoy is currently serving as the tourism minister of Turkey.