Turkey’s president ‘launches legal bid to remove cartoon showing him having sex with Twitter’s blue bird mascot from social media’

  • Political cartoonist Ruben Oppenheimer published the insulting image to Twitter
  • Now claims to have been sent legal order from Erdogan demanding its removal
  • But politicians in Netherlands coming to his defence in the name of expression

The president of Turkey has launched legal action to remove a Dutch cartoonist’s picture of him having sex with the Twitter emblem, press in the Netherlands are reporting.

Political cartoonist Ruben Oppenheimer (pictured) published the insulting image earlier in the yearPolitical cartoonist Ruben Oppenheimer published the crude image – which depicts Mr Erdogan wearing underwear with an ISIS flag printed on them while having sex with the famous Twitter blue bird logo – on the social media site.

But this month, Mr Oppenheimer revealed that he was contacted by email about the court order by Twitter Legal.

He said: ‘At first I thought it was spam. Until I opened the attached PDF file.

The letter from Twitter said the company did not plan to take any action against Oppenheimer, but merely wanted to inform him about the court order‘In the accompanying text Twitter explains that it is a court order from a Turkish judge in Istanbul which they want to inform me about.’

In the Turkish text, Mr Erdogan’s name is shown next to words roughly translated as ‘requesting’ while ‘twitter.com’ is next to words roughly translated as ‘opponent’…


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