1. Turkish prosecutors probe newspaper for publishing Charlie Hebdo excerpts

Turkish prosecutors probe newspaper for publishing Charlie Hebdo excerpts

Prosecutors in Istanbul have opened an investigation into Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet for publishing...

By: | Istanbul | Updated: January 15, 2015 9:07 PM
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An employee at a bookstore shows her last copy of the new issue of satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo entitled “Tout est pardonne” (“All is forgiven”), which shows a caricature of Prophet Mohammad, at a kiosk in Brussels January 15, 2015. The first edition of Charlie Hebdo published after the deadly attacks by Islamist gunmen sold out within minutes at newspaper kiosks around Belgium on Thursday, with people queuing up to buy copies to support the satirical weekly. A print run of up to three million copies has been set for what has been called “the survivors’ edition,” dwarfing the usual 60,000 run. (Reuters)

Prosecutors in Istanbul have opened an investigation into Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet for publishing excerpts from French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the newspaper said on its website on Thursday.

Cumhuriyet, a secular opposition newspaper, printed parts of Charlie Hebdo in an insert on Wednesday, one of five international editions of the satirical newspaper.

The Turkish newspaper’s editor-in-chief was not immediately available for comment.

Muslim clerics in the Middle East have denounced last week’s attack on Charlie Hebdo but criticised the weekly for publishing new cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Mohammad in its first issue after the killings.

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General Manager Madeline Progin (R) and colleague Emmanuelle le Moing of a French bookstore show copies of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo “survivors’ edition”, which have just arrived in Hong Kong January 15, 2015. Charlie Hebdo’s first edition since an attack by Islamist gunmen sold out within minutes in France on Wednesday, featuring a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad on a cover that defenders praised as art but critics saw as a new provocation. The bookstore in Hong Kong, which usually sells one copy per week, received more than 300 orders for the latest issue and a further hundred copies are expected to arrive next Monday. (Reuters)

Cumhuriyet dedicated four of its pages to Charlie Hebdo articles and cartoons on Wednesday. It printed small, black-and-white versions of the cover – a cartoon of a tearful Mohammad – in two of its columns, but did not use the image in the special section itself.

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Daughter of French cartoonist Georges Wolinski, Elsa Wolinski, centre right, arrives at the funeral of her father at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The country is tense since the killings last week which began at the offices of satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which is burying several staff members Thursday. Charlie Hebdo had been repeatedly threatened for caricatures of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. (AP)

Insulting religious values is punishable with a prison term under a clause in the Turkish penal code. CNN Turk said the Istanbul prosecutors were investigating accusations that Cumhuriyet had incited hatred with its publication.

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