This text was originally published by our colleagues from Cartoonists Rights Network International.
Cartoonist Must Kart’s trial on charges pertaining to terrorism commenced in Istanbul yesterday. Like all the co-accused from Cumhuriyet newspaper he read a prepared statement in his own defence. According to those there to hear them, Musa’s wry comments were greeted with laughter in the public gallery. He also showed some of his cartoons as evidence of his impartiality, something long-time readers of CRNI’s coverage will recognise.
We present his words in full below. In his jokes at the expense of the prosecutors and their witnesses as well as his allusions to the rhetorical stylings of President Erdoğan and spirited acclamations on cartooning as a vital means of communication it is clear that he is unbowed despite the ordeal he and his colleagues have suffered, recently declared a violation of international law.
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Update 28/07/17: After a week of opening defence statements from the eleven members of staff from Cumhuriyet accused of crimes pertaining to terrorism, the majority have been released under judicial supervision, including cartoonist Musa Kart. The trial is set to resume on September 11th.