Turkish columnists face charge of insulting Islam

Two columnists working for Turkish daily Cumhuriyet now face charges of inciting hatred and public enmity, and insulting 'religious values.'

Turkish columnists face charge of insulting Islam

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation Thursday into two columnists from the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet for charges of insulting hatred and public enmity, and insulting “religious values.”

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo released its first issue on Wednesday since the brutal attack on its offices that killed 12 people last week, with a new cartoon showing the Prophet Muhammad on the cover.

The cartoons were also published in six languages by daily newspapers across the world, including Turkish daily Cumhuriyet.

The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor and many others have filed criminal complaints against the two daily Cumhuriyet columnists Ceyda Karan and Hikmet Cetinkaya for using the ‘insulting’ cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.

Karan and Cetinkaya now face charges of inciting hatred and public enmity, and insulting “religious values.”

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu lashed out at the Turkish paper for publishing the first post-attack Charlie Hebdo issue which contains a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.

Davutoglu claimed that freedom of the press does not mean the freedom to insult, especially if it is towards a prophet.

"It cannot be called freedom of press if it is an insult against a prophet, a religious leader that is believed in by around 1.5 billion people around the world," he said.

Apart from Cumhuriyet, three Turkish satirical magazines also published a special front cover to show their solidarity with Charlie Hebdo.

Last Mod: 15 Ocak 2015, 21:52
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