Thursday, May 05, 2016

France24: Turkey columnists get two years in jail over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

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Turkey columnists get two years in jail over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Latest update : 2016-04-28

An Istanbul court on Thursday sentenced two prominent Turkish journalists to two years behind bars for illustrating their columns with a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed originally published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

From the article:

The state-run Anatolia news agency said the case was brought by a total of 1,280 plaintiffs including Erdogan's daughters Esra and Sumeyye, his son Bilal and his son-in-law, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak.
The Erdogan family was represented by a lawyer in court, it added.
After the verdict, members of the public who had brought the complaint and were present in court shouted "Allahu Akbar", Cumhuriyet reported -- Arabic for 'God is greatest'.


When the edition was published, the daily received threats and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu condemned the publication of cartoons of the Muslim prophet as an "open provocation".
Days before Cumhuriyet's special edition, Davutoglu had joined dozens of world leaders in a march through Paris, in memory of the 17 victims killed in three days of attacks at Charlie Hebdo's offices and elsewhere in the French capital.