Saturday, November 16, 2019

Turkish Court Acquits British Artist

Score one for Turkey. From last week’s Guardian:

A British artist walked free yesterday after being cleared of insulting Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, by portraying him as a dog in a case seen as a test of Turkey’s tolerance of free speech. A Turkish court acquitted Michael Dickinson of criminal charges despite citing “some insulting elements” in his depiction of Erdogan as a dog attached to a leash in the colours of the US flag. But the court ruled that the artwork was “within the limits of criticism”.


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