The tweets of renowned cartoonist Carlos Latuff have been withheld in Turkey after he drew five children who were left alone in tears in front of an Ankara prison after their mother was detained while they were visiting their father in prison on Jan. 23.
Latuff tweeted on Thursday that he received screenshots from Turkish Twitter users showing that his tweets were being withheld in Turkey.
“My @Twitter account withheld in #Turkey? Why? What the Turkish govt is afraid of? Are my tweets and toons a threat to Sultan Erdogan?” Latuff tweeted.
A video shared on Monday on social media shows five children left alone in tears in front of Sincan Prison in Ankara after their mother was detained while they were visiting their father in prison. Latuff highlighted the plight of the children with a striking drawing on the Globe Post news portal, which went viral on social media on Jan. 25.
“Leaving children alone in such a situation is against the Convention on the Rights of the Child and all related laws. We will follow this issue,” said Mahmut Tanal, a deputy from the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and a member of the Human Rights Commission in the Turkish Parliament, on Monday.