The French magazine “Charlie Hebdo” has published on its front page an Islamophobic and insulting caricature of Erdoğan The communication directorate of the Turkish president accuses the magazine of “cultural racism”.
Turkey has sharply condemned the front page of the French magazine “Charlie Hebdo” with an Islamophobic caricature of the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
The Turkish communication directorate of the president shared on Twitter in Turkish and French a statement on the recent racist and Islamophobic developments in Europe. The statement strongly condemns all “provocative actions and shameful cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo”.
Turkey will “take the necessary legal and diplomatic steps against the cartoon”. Turkey will fight against these “low level, malicious and insulting steps” – “with reason and determination”, the declaration continues.
Erdoğans director of communication Fahrettin Altun accused the magazine of “cultural racism” on late Tuesday evening. The “so-called caricatures” were “repulsive” and lacking human morals, the statement said. “The anti-Muslim agenda of French President Emmanuel Macron is bearing fruit,” Altun wrote.
Sentiment between France and Turkey fueled
The caricature is on the front page of the Wednesday edition of “Charlie Hebdo”, but was already published online on Tuesday evening.
The mood between France and Turkey has been heating up for days. The tension was triggered by Macron’s statements on freedom of expression and Islam after the death of the teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded by an extremist. The French head of state had repeatedly defended the publication of defamatory caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed – most recently at the commemoration ceremony for Paty. Macron also commissioned the cartoons to be reproduced on some public buildings.
The teacher had shown Mohammed caricatures in class as an example of freedom of expression. The 18-year-old suspect was subsequently shot dead by the police. Muslims reject a pictorial representation of the Prophet and find it offensive.
After the extremist attack on the teacher, Macron had claimed that Islam was in a “crisis”. He also announced tighter controls on mosques and other Muslim institutions. These statements caused outrage in the Muslim world. In several countries people took to the streets, in Bangladesh tens of thousands.
Turkey, Pakistan, Qatar, Kuwait and governments of other Muslim countries criticized Macron’s attitude. Erdoğan called in response for a boycott of French goods. It criticized Macron and recommended, among other things, that the French head of state have himself psychologically examined.
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TRT German and agencies.