Erdogan sues Charlie Hebdo for caricature
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Erdogan sues Charlie Hebdo for caricature

29 October , 16:39PoliticsPhoto: Эхо Москвы
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed a lawsuit against the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which published a cartoon of him.

According to the newspaper Nastoyashee vremya, Erdogan filed a lawsuit in court not in France, where the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo is located, but in his own country.

The reason for the prosecution of French journalists by Erdogan was the cover of the magazine published on October 28.

“On it, half-dressed Erdogan sits in an armchair with a can of drink in his hand, and with his other hand lifts the hem of a woman in Islamic clothing and exclaims: “Oh, Prophet!” The caption to the cartoon is "Erdogan is very playful in his private life", - the message says.

According to Turkish media reports, the publication may result in not only a civil procedure, but also a criminal case. His Turkish prosecutor's office can initiate at the request of Erdogan's lawyer, who regards the publication as defamation, which "has nothing to do with freedom of expression".

Turkish security officials are convinced that in this case we are talking about an insult to the country's president. Earlier, Erdogan has repeatedly persecuted journalists for impartial reviews about his own person.

Erdogan became the object of criticism and ridicule in France after he called French President Emmanuel Macron "sick", who spoke out in defense of the secular values of the French Republic.

Macron made a public condemnation of the criminal attack on school teacher Samuel Pati, who was killed and beheaded by a Chechen Islamist for demonstrating cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a lesson on freedom of speech.

Subsequently, it turned out that the teacher explained the problem of freedom of expression to the children very tactfully, advising Muslim students to leave the class in advance, so as not to offend their religious feelings by showing cartoons from Charlie Hebdo.

To get to the teacher, the terrorist who was preparing the murder had to bribe the children. He paid the teenagers who stood at the school 300 euros for pointing out Party.

The murder of Party teacher triggered a wave of mass demonstrations in France. Residents of the country carried posters, flowers and candles, expressing their solidarity with the family of the murdered teacher and declaring that freedom of speech is "priceless".

Macron called Party's murder an "Islamist terrorist attack". The deceased teacher was posthumously presented by the French authorities to the Order of the Legion of Honor.

The large-scale public support for the Party in France provoked the outrage of the Chechen mufti, who declared Macron "enemy No. 1", and also Erdogan, who said that Macron needed to "check his mental state". After that, France recalled the ambassador from Ankara.

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