2 Northern Cyprus Journalists Acquitted Of Insulting Erdogan

Press freedom defenders have reacted with jubilation after a judge in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus acquitted two journalists accused of insulting Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The Guardian reports. A court threw out charges of defamation against Şener Levent and Ali Osman Tabak brought after the small-circulation daily Afrika published a cartoon depicting a Greek statue urinating on Erdoğan’s head. “Our reaction is one of relief … this is clearly a good sign for press freedom,” said Pauline Ades-Mevel of the Paris-based rights group Reporters Without Borders.“You don’t convict journalists because of a cartoon. If they had been sent to prison, it would have had a chilling…