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four “Charlie Hebdo” journalists charged with “insulting” Erdogan

The publication of a cartoon in October had aroused the anger of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, amid deep diplomatic tensions between Ankara and Paris.
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A Turkish prosecutor demanded, Friday March 26, up to four years imprisonment against four collaborators of Charlie Hebdo, that he accuses of having “insult” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a cartoon published in 2020. According to the Turkish state news agency Anadolu, the accused collaborators are cartoonist Alice Petit and three officials of the French satirical weekly, Gérard Biard, Julien Sérignac and Laurent Sourisseau, said Riss.

The publication of this cartoon, in October, had aroused the anger of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a context of sharp diplomatic tensions between Ankara and Paris. We saw the authoritarian Turkish president drawn in underwear, beer in hand, lifting the dress of a veiled woman, exclaiming: “Ouuuh! The prophet!”. After the publication of this cartoon, the Head of State denounced a “vile attack”, committed by “rascals”.

In his indictment, which still has to be formally accepted by a court for a trial to begin, the Turkish prosecutor considers that this cartoon “in no way falls within the scope of freedom of expression or of the press”, describing the press cartoon as “vulgar, obscene and dishonorable”. The NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounced the lawsuits, accusing Ankara of wanting to “expand censorship beyond Turkey”.

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