After continuous condemnations by Turkish officials for publishing cartoons insulting to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, he announced a new action by the Turkish president towards the magazine.
Erdogan filed a complaint with the Public Prosecution Office in Ankara, against the magazine’s officials. The lawyer for the Turkish president submitted the complaint, on behalf of Erdogan, to the Public Prosecution Office in Ankara, against both the editor-in-chief and the cartoonist for the French magazine, for “insulting the President of the Republic.”
Lawyer “Hossein Erdogan” affirmed that the complaint was summoned that the offense committed by “Charlie Hebdo” does not fall within the freedom of press expression, as it violates the freedoms of individuals.
He stressed that Articles 26 and 28 of the Turkish Constitution stipulate that the press does not enjoy absolute freedom, pointing at the same time to what the European Court of Human Rights stipulates that the freedom of expression enjoyed by the press is accompanied by many responsibilities and tasks as well.
He added that among these responsibilities and tasks is not to defame others, and to avoid harming them and their reputation, indicating that what the French magazine did was aimed at the personality and reputation of the Turkish president, and included offense against him.
The summons of the complaint demanded that a public investigation be opened against the suspects, and immediately.
Erdogan had commented on the offensive drawing of him in his speech during the meeting of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentary bloc at the parliament headquarters in the capital, Ankara, saying that he had heard about a cartoon targeting him personally, published in the magazine “which published an ugly and immoral caricature about the Messenger.”
And he added, “I did not look at such immoral publications, even out of knowledge, because I consider them to be of no value, so I do not need to say anything about those immoralists who offended our beloved the Messenger.”
He explained, “My grief and rage is not due to the ugly attack on my person, but rather from the rudeness of the Messenger, whom we consider more precious than our souls.”
He pointed out that the justification of insulting our Master, the Messenger, may God bless him and grant him peace, under the pretext of freedom, is a deception in every sense of the word.
Earlier, the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara launched an investigation against officials of the French “Charlie Hebdo” magazine, for publishing a cartoon insulting to President Erdogan.
The Public Prosecution said in a statement on Wednesday that it had launched an investigation against the magazine’s officials, on charges of insulting the President of the Republic, according to Articles 12, 13 and 299 of the Turkish Penal Code.
During the past few days, France witnessed the publication of insulting pictures and cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on the facades of buildings, which ignited a wave of anger throughout the Islamic world.
On October 21, French President Emmanuel Macron said that France would not abandon the “caricatures”, which doubled the wave of anger in the Islamic world, and launched campaigns in some countries boycotting French products and goods.
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