The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ankara has instituted proceedings against the French magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing a cartoon of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This was announced on Wednesday, October 28, NTV channel reports.
It is noted that the case has been filed against the publication’s employees.
In turn, the Turkish Telecommunications and Information Department stressed that Ankara would take all necessary legal and diplomatic measures in connection with the publication of this cartoon. Turkish officials condemned such an image of Erdogan, calling it a heinous attempt to spread cultural racism and hatred, Reuters reports.
The day before it became known that the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo placed the cartoon on the cover of the new issue on the Turkish president. On the caricature Erdogan is depicted in his underwear, lifting the hem of a woman’s veil. The signature to the picture reads: “Erdogan is very playful in his personal life.
The publication is dedicated to the strained relations between Turkey and France due to the disputes about Islam.
Thus, on October 16 a man beheaded a history teacher of Samuel Pati College of Conflant-Honorin. One of the reasons of this event is the demonstration of caricatures of prophet Mohammed by the teacher during the discussion of freedom of speech at lectures.