Famous Turkish cartoonist arrested for insulting president

Famous Turkish cartoonist and comic novelist Nuri Kurtcebe has was arrested on Monday for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, secular Cumhuriyet newspaper reported.

Kurtcebe, whose daily cartoons were featured in left-nationalist Aydınlık newspaper, was arrested after a previous prison sentence for insulting Erdoğan was confirmed, the daily reported.


The 69-year-old, whose cartoons dating back to 2015 landed him in hot water with the country’s president, also worked as one of the founding cartoonists for Turkey’s leading satirical magazine, Gırgır.

Prosecutions for insulting Erdoğan are common in Turkey. Erdoğan’s lawyers have filed nearly 2000 cases against people on such accusations, including artists and athletes.