From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Turkish satirical magazines "Penguen" and "Uykusuz"
Total circulation
Year founded2002
First issueSeptember 2002
CompanyPak Publishing House
Based inBeyoğlu, Istanbul

Penguen (English: Penguin) is a Turkish satirical magazine. It was founded in 2002 by Metin Üstündağ, Selçuk Erdem, Erdil Yaşaroğlu and Bahadır Baruter.[1] The first issue was published in September 2002.[2]

In March 2005 Penguen was sued by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for several caricatures of him;[3] the magazine was acquitted.[4] In 2011 contributor Bahadır Baruter "faced a one-year prison sentence for a cartoon that [had] the words “There is no God, religion is a lie” on the wall of a mosque."[5]

In May 2012 its offices were the subject of an arson attack.[6] In 2015, two journalists from the magazine were given 11-month prison sentences for comments about Prime Minister Erdoğan.[7] In April 2017 it was announced that Penguen would be closed after four issues.[2] In a statement, journalists cited the decline in people reading magazines, and the lack of "free space" for journalists in Turkey.[7]


  1. ^ a b Fazıla Mat, 8 April 2010,, Turkish humor
  2. ^ a b "Penguen dergisi kapanıyor". Cumhuriyet (in Turkish). 21 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  3. ^ Bianet, 25 March 2005, Magazine Sued for Erdogan Caricatures
  4. ^ US State Dept, 11 March 2008, 2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Turkey
  5. ^ Freedom House, Freedom of the Press 2012 - Turkey
  6. ^ CNN Turk, 18 May 2012, Penguen'deki yangın kundaklamaymış
  7. ^ a b "Satire News". Private Eye (1445): 7. 2 June 2017.

External links[edit]