The Swedish newspaper Flamman announced that it has launched a competition for satirical drawings of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to protests his policies.
Leonidas Aretakis, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief said that they launched this competition to stand up for free speech and to stand up for the Kurds.
The journalist criticised the Swedish government’s deal with Erdoğan, that promised to take action against people Ankara claims to be terrorists in order to secure Turkey’s support for the Nordic country’s NATO membership bid.
Aretakis also criticised the Swedish prime minister who called the effigy of Erdoğan hung at a protest in Stockholm last week a “tasteless” sabotage against the NATO process.
“But what is actually tasteless is feeling concern for a harmless puppet, while simultaneously ignoring the deeds of its motive: The world’s most powerful violent Islamist, an unrestrained autocrat who imprisons the opposition and ethnic minorities, and steers the economy in favour of a band of tightly-knit plunder families,” wrote Aretakis.
“Now I welcome everyone, professionals and amateurs, to participate in Flamman’s satire competition. The prize is SEK 10,000 ($960) and the best contributions will be published in the newspaper. Send us your interpretation of the Turkish autocrat to [email protected] on January 20 the latest,” said Aretakis.