While some Turkish cartoonists are afraid to openly criticize The country's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, many feature sly references to him. In this cartoon his trademark mustache is drawn on the thumb of a hand forming the protest symbol of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egpyt, a major cause for Erdogan. The word Reyhanli commemorates the bombing on in that town on Turkey's border with Syria, an event which some see as a result of Turkey's Syria policy.
Many political cartoonists participated in the Gezi Park protests and commonly lampoon Erdogan for his tone-deaf response. In this cartoon, the prime minister is shown standing atop a pile of signs from the protests and yelling, "I ask Western countries, why do they not see the massacre in Egypt?"
This cartoon, by emerging young talent Koral Erat, highlights the pressure Twitter and its users faced from police during the Gezi protests. However as Al-Monitor's Emre Kizilkiya noted, the ruling Justice and Development Party AKP is no stranger to using Twitter for its own ends.
Protesting what many Turks saw as the media bending to the wishes of Erdogan and the AKP during the Gezi protests, the cartoonists seeks to use his image to balance out the weight of a thousand empty words.
The deaths and maimings of protesters at Gezi Park were made especially intolerable to those who participated due to the uncaring reaction of the government and Erdogan's praise of the police.
During the Gezi Park protests, as teargas drifted across swaths of Istanbul, the AKP acted as if nothing was wrong. Here the cartoonist uses the AKP's distinctive ligthbulb icon filled with a cheery glow set against the backdrop of a convulsing city to make the point visually.
Turkey's news channels did not perform well in their (non)coverage of the Gezi protests. In a widely ridiculed case, one channel opted to show a documentary on penguins. Even narration by Morgan Freeman could not have saved them from the uproar that followed and the penguin, here shown inside the AKP's logo, became a symbol used to bemoan the state of media in the country.
Many Turks have felt that the AKP has increasingly become more intrusive in their everyday lives. The chastity belt pictured here is thought to match the party's preferred vision of sexuality.
The AKP is also seen by many as acting against art and artists. Here with a broken pen in one hand and a crooked branch of pens in the other the artist draws attention to the party's role in censoring free expression.
While self-censorship and the threat of lawsuits have forced some cartoonists in Turkey to be cautious, many of them still find ways to parody the political issues of the day.