|Adnan Oktar as drawn by Mehmet Düzenli|
“If Mr. Oktar has the right to claim that he is the Mahdi [the redeemer who is supposed to appear at the ‘end times’], I have the right to say that he is lying,” Düzenli said.
“Jailing Düzenli over a cartoon is totally unacceptable,” said Johann Bihr, the head of Reporters Without Borders' Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Such a disproportionate sentence is a reminder that Turkey’s penal code often violates the country’s own constitution as well as international conventions on freedom of information. The Turkish authorities must urgently carry out necessary reforms, including decriminalizing defamation and insult.”
Turkey is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.