Afrika Newspaper on Trial for Publishing Cartoon

The trial against Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika’s editor-in-chief Sener Levent and journalist Ali Osman Tabak began on Monday.

They are accused of publishing a caricature which insulted Turkish President Erdogan and two other articles insulting “officials of a foreign state”, “insulting religion” and “having the intention of creating fear and concern among the people with bogus articles”. The journalists have rejected all accusations. The hearing was postponed for 24 May.

President Erdogan’s caricature was published by Afrika on 8 December, 2017. The other accusations concern the paper’s front page title on 21 January 2018 and Sener Levent’s articles published on 21 and 23 January 2018.

Moreover, Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper on Tuesday reports that new lawsuits were filed yesterday against the paper and that these concern Sener Levent’s articles under the title “Zorba the Cypriot” and “From Peace Operation to the Olive Branch Operation”. It notes that the paper had not been informed beforehand of these lawsuits.

Yeni Duzen, Afrika

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