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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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