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"His Majesty" against the press

Recently, journalists from the Netherlands portrayed Turkish President Erdogan. He looks like a monkey that crushes a woman’s foot, symbolizing European freedom of speech. The caricature appeared on the front page of the most popular newspaper of the Netherlands under the headline "The long hand of Erdogan."

"His Majesty" against the press

The world's largest press immediately responded to the publication of satire in "De Telegraaf", which is one of the most widely read newspapers in the Netherlands. In the American edition Washington Post Adam Taylor article was published. It was then reprinted in a British newspaper. «The Independent».

After a Dutch journalist was arrested last weekend in Turkey, who allegedly insulted President Erdogan, the most widely read newspaper in the Netherlands published a caricature on the front page on Monday. President Erdogan is depicted as a monkey, apparently attacking freedom of speech in Europe, the journalist writes.

The picture promulgated by the popular daily newspaper De Telegraaf probably depicts Ebru Umar, a Dutch journalist of Turkish origin, who was just arrested in Turkey on Sunday. The cartoon is titled "Erdogan's Long Arm."

Umar, a columnist for the Metro newspaper, was detained by the Turkish authorities, who “investigated” tweets with content on Erdogan. Umar was released on the same Sunday, however, according to her, they ordered to remain in the country, because the investigation is underway.

Detention Umar adds another touch to the constant and growing suppression of freedom of speech in Turkey, and beyond, too, the journalist believes.

Last week, the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam came under criticism after an appeal to Turkish organizations in the Netherlands to report via e-mail “about insults to Erdogan”. The Turkish Embassy later claimed that the information was incorrect and inaccurately worded, however, a heated debate has already begun in the Netherlands, since laws on “insulting the majesty” still exist in this country, as in many other European countries. This law prohibits insulting the friendly heads of state.

Umar was among the critics of this idea of ​​the consulate (about denunciations via e-mail), which compared this practice with the initiatives of the local Nazi party during the Second World War.

By the way, this discussion is not limited to the Netherlands. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel recently stated that she would have brought to justice Jan Beuermann, a comedian and writer known for his caustic style, for the poem he read on German state television (the comedian accused Erdogan of bestiality). If a writer is found guilty under the law of “insulting the majesty” in force in Germany, then Böhermann could face up to three years in prison. The persecution of this man provoked a wave of protest against Turkey throughout Europe. One British magazine even announced a competition for “rude poems” about Erdogan. In Germany and the Netherlands, it’s time to get rid of the laws of “insulting the majesty.”

If earlier Erdogan (who has ruled Turkey for more than 13 years, first as prime minister, then as president) was considered a “modernizer” in the West, now he is accused of authoritarianism. During his presidency, the government persecuted almost 2000 people, allegedly guilty of insulting the head of state. Previously, the relevant Turkish law was used extremely rarely.

In a tweet sent to the network last weekend, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte said publicly that he was in contact with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on the question of the detention of Umar. Rutte added that the situation "directly concerns our core values: freedom of expression and press freedom."

Turkish authorities are in conflict with the independent press, recalls "".

The prosecution of the chief editor and correspondent of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, Jan Dundar and Erdem Gul, continues. They were arrested on November 27 of 2015. They are charged with aiding and abetting terrorist groups and espionage.

As for the German Böhermann, then in the scandalous stories with his pursuit, we recall, Angela Merkel herself, who took the side of the Turkish president, was noted.

In March, a satirical video was shown on the TV show “ZDF”. The video cutting of the frames in which the Turkish President “participated” was accompanied by the song “Erdogi, Erdog, Erdogan”. The poems ridiculed the Turkish Sultan’s syberatia and condemned the attacks on journalists. The video was timed to the trial of the above-mentioned Jan Dundar and Erdem Gul, which began in Ankara.

Watching the video, representatives of the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned German Ambassador Martin Erdman to the carpet. Later at a briefing in Berlin, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany Zavsan Shebly said that Germany would not make concessions in matters of freedom of speech. The same was thought by Jan Böhermann, who continued to make fun of Erdogan. It came to an oral protest that the German ambassador of Turkey expressed to the German Foreign Ministry, demanding a criminal prosecution of Böhermann. Such prosecution requires the approval of the federal government. The votes in the government were divided in half, for a final decision the opinion of the Frau Chancellor was required. And Angela Merkel made a statement to the media, saying that she "issues a sanction."

The pro-Turkish decision of the chancellor of the German public greeted with hostility. Surveys have shown: 77% of the population of the country consider the investigation against TV presenter Jan Böhermann inappropriate.

It is known that Boehermann will return to the air no earlier than May 12. In early April, he went on temporary leave, promising to "make a trip to North Korea and once again figure out the question of freedom of creativity and the press."

And what about the Turkish Sultan?

And he visited Baku, at the VII Forum of the UN Global Alliance of Civilizations. It is believed that for the Turkish president this visit was of great importance, because after the break in relations with Moscow, Ankara, it is important to maintain influence on the post-Soviet countries. He used the forum site to attack Syrian President Bashar Assad, accusing him of destroying his own people. In addition, the Turks singled out the “peacekeeping role” of their country in the Syrian crisis: Turkey accepted 30 million Syrian refugees, spending 10 billion dollars to keep them. However, Erdogan did not say a single word about the Karabakh issue notes According to political analysts, Erdogan, who had time to quarrel not only with Moscow, but also with Western partners, now is not averse to improve relations with Russia. By the way, Azerbaijan is interested in this: after all, in the conditions of the Russian-Turkish conflict, this country is, in fact, between two fires.

But what about freedom of speech? Nothing. This topic does not interest Erdogan. It would probably be better for him if the press ceased to exist at all. And journalists would get timelines and languish in dungeons in the company of terrorists.

Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
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  1. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy April 28 2016 06: 23
    Erdogan is not a friend to us, but he set himself right with Europe. One and all of Europe.
    1. Infinity
      Infinity April 28 2016 08: 32
      They also say that we have problems with "freedom of speech". Uh-huh.
    2. Sid.74
      Sid.74 April 28 2016 08: 50
      The funny thing about this is that all the European leaders, who were recently Charlie, and shouting that there is nothing more important than the freedom of speech, are amicably dancing at the end of a dazed Erdogan. And they are collecting money to fight refugees, and they have flooded their own freedom of speech, and human rights.

      If another visa-free regime with Turkey and the EU will take effect this summer .... then, in addition to the refugees, the Turks will fly to the EU ... from Erdogan, who is so beloved by Europe, far away ... you can put a fat cross on the EU.

      And at the same time, European non-political degenerates, in addition to BV, managed to get into Ukraine, really ... fantastic imbeciles.
      And impose sanctions against Russia and get an embargo from Russia. Conduct a referendum in the Netherlands and completely ignore the will of the people.
      At the same time banning to hold referendums in Ukraine. And the Mistrals of what they are worth, this is just the apotheosis of fluidity and independence.

      Merkel's movements resemble the dances of a snake in a heated frying pan ... and the further, the more fun. She supported the Maidan, handled in the hospital with the "Azovites", then suddenly in Germany and the EU they noticed the shooting of the Maidan, and Odessa, and corruption in Ukraine. And the shelling of Donbass . And what did they do .. put their head in the sand.
      European ostriches, who suddenly believed that they could really decide the fate of the world ... ugh. fool
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    4. siberalt
      siberalt April 28 2016 11: 16
      Oleg writes everything correctly. Respect for sure! But only, will Europe have time to "sober up" before the spring of 2017, when the experienced Hillary will take a pacifying whip for Europe? While there is a moment, why not raise the "world community" about recognizing Erdogan's course as fascist? There are a lot of facts for that.
  2. Ayujak
    Ayujak April 28 2016 06: 24
    I hope, dear Russians, will continue to ignore Turkish resorts this summer. There are those who will gather and go. There, by the way, it can jerk.
    1. Homo
      Homo April 28 2016 07: 18
      Quote: AYUJAK
      I hope, dear Russians, will continue to ignore Turkish resorts this summer. There are those who will gather and go. There, by the way, it can jerk.

      Whoever lacks adrenaline and adventure on the fifth point, let them bring down. But the plane of the Ministry of Emergencies will not fly after them and our special forces will not help out!
    2. alicante11
      alicante11 April 28 2016 13: 21
      After all, there are those who get together and go

      Unfortunately, I myself know these. Even through other countries are ready to go. Come on, cheaper ...
  3. Alexander 3
    Alexander 3 April 28 2016 06: 34
    With whom to compare Erdogan? with Pinochet, it’s not pulling weak. With Hitler, it’s similar, but also weak. The image in the newspaper is consistent.
  4. parusnik
    parusnik April 28 2016 07: 37
    Remember the movies? "King Kong", "King Kong is alive" ... Here you are .. please .. On screens all over the world, a new action movie .. "New King Kong" ...
  5. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 April 28 2016 07: 41
    But what about freedom of speech?

    The concept is very tricky and is interpreted by the West as it is beneficial to them today. Therefore, they not only modestly close their eyes to Erdogan's tricks, but also help him in this (the same Merkel).
  6. Dr. Barmaley
    Dr. Barmaley April 28 2016 08: 10
    Quote: Alexander 3
    With whom to compare Erdogan? with Pinochet, it’s not pulling weak. With Hitler, it’s similar, but also weak. The image in the newspaper is consistent.
  7. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 April 28 2016 10: 12
    Europe has to dance to Erdogan's tune.
    Erdogan skillfully takes advantage of Turkey's geopolitical position.
    He tried to build the same relationship with Russia. But he was wrong. Russia is not Europe, and it does not allow itself to be raped by anyone except Jews ...
  8. alicante11
    alicante11 April 28 2016 13: 24
    Of course, I do not condone Erdogan. But the German magazine-reader also lost the coast. Well, you criticize, but why throw insults? He’s still lucky if they put him on 3. I would send specific children to Erdogashi’s place so that the hansik would answer for the bazaar about bestiality.
    1. Weyland
      Weyland April 28 2016 22: 49
      Quote: alicante11
      Well, you criticize, but why throw insults?

      Tell this ukram, with their slogan "Putin - ...!". CHSH, even in the address of Hitler obscenities at the official level never sounded!
  9. Weyland
    Weyland April 28 2016 22: 47
    Cool! About 300 years ago, the laws in Europe in this regard were similar - but for insulting the Almighty, essno, they were punished no less severely! And now "they are all Charlie" am (whose cartoons insulting the Holy Trinity were many times more vile!), but don't you dare touch Erdogad!