A court case brought against the publisher of Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Afrika’ Sener Levent and editor-in-chief Ali Osman Tabak has been taken to the Appeal Court.
The Turkish Ambassador for North Nicosia called for the two journalists to be brought to court for re-publishing a caricature of Turkish President Erdogan. The caricature had already been published in a Greek newspaper. A lower court aquitted the two journalists of all charges.
The case has now gone to the Appeal Court and will be heard on 30 October. The two journalists will again be represented by lawyers Tacan Reynar and Mine Atli.
According to ‘Afrika’ “The court has acquitted us on the caricature case, which was opened by demand of the [Turkish] embassy and the statement of the Turkish Minister responsible for Cyprus Affairs Recep Akdag – ‘I will do personally whatever is needed in order to [see them] sentenced’ regarding Erdogan’s caricature which we published. The office of the chief prosecutor objected to the acquittal and appealed. The case will be discussed at the Appeal Court on October 30”.