Did the Spanish caricaturist draw Turkey’s struggle with the new coronavirus?

CLAIM: Spanish caricaturist drew Turkey’s struggle with the new coronavirus (COVID-19).


The post, shared on social media and sent to Teyit, claimed that a Spanish caricaturist illustrated the fighting of Turkey against the new coronavirus. The illustration demonstrates a soldier protecting people in war and a doctor fighting against the new coronavirus and has a Turkish flag on it. The claim, shared on Twitter, got more than 400 retweets and more than 2,000 likes.

Iranian artist Alireza Pakdel has made many illustrations showing health officials fighting against the new coronavirus (COVID-19). One of them is the illustration in the claim. The artist has shared his drawings about the struggle with the virus on his Instagram account (@alirezapakdel_artist) since the beginning of March. The illustration in the claim was shared by the caption of “Homeland Guards” on Instagram. There is not any national flag in the original version.

Pakdel has shared more than 40 drawings so far and represented health officials as heroes who are saving people from the virus.

For example, in one of his works, he painted health officials breaking the handcuffs in the virus form. In the other, he drew challenging labyrinths they must go through. He emphasized the difficulty of the struggle given by health officials and the importance of solidarity.

Drawings show police and firefighters as well as health officials. 

The drawing about the virus by Iranian artist was reported on many foreign websites and in Turkey

Alireza Pakdel, with many international awards, got the World Press Caricature Grand Prize in 2017 with his work, “Immigrants”. 

In conclusion, the claim that a Spanish caricaturist drew the struggle of Turkey with the new coronavirus is not true. The illustration was created by Iranian artist Alireza Pakdel to emphasize the fight against the virus. There is not Turkish flag in its original version. The post in question is an example of manipulated and misleading content.


Iranian artist’s Instagram account

Iran Cartoon, Alireza Pakdel

My Modern Met, Illustrations Highlight Bravery of Healthcare Professionals During Coronavirus Pandemic, 7 April 2020

WebTekno, 15 Impressive Illustrations showing the struggle of doctors with the new coronavirus 

dvnek.hr, News about Iranian artist 

Vinh Long, News about the illustration by Iranian artist, 10 April 2020

Ze.tt, News about Iranian artist, 8 April 2020

VTC News, News about illustrations, 5 April 2020

T24, Doctors fighting against the new coronavirus by Iranian artist, 10 April 2020

Sky TG24, News about the illustrations of the artist

Euronews, Iranian artists got the prize with his work, “Immigrations” in the World Press Caricature Competition, 14 June 2016

Onedio, 29 Impressive Illustrations about the Painful part of the coronavirus epidemic by Alireza Pakdel, 6 April 2020

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Translation: Hilal Ebru Yakar