Satire in Turkey

Not all satire is created equal. Despite the familiar style of Karikatür‘s illustrations, this 1930s Turkish (’39) satiric journal includes its share of right and left (centrist) humor attacking politicians at home and the evils abroad, as well as fostering false threats and racial enmity.

Seven caricature magazines existed in Turkey in 1938, including Karikatür (published by Sedat Simavi who founded the largest circulation newspaper) and the government supported Akbaba.

Interestingly, both magazines, while not right wing, were frequenetly anti-Semitic, with a large number of such cartoons by the popular cartoonist Ramiz Gökeçe.

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