CENSORED: Turkey Bans Charlie Hebdo Cover, Newspaper Gets Death ThreatsPosted: January 14, 2015
Turkey is home to 82 million people, 99.8% of whom are Muslim, according to the CIA World Factbook.
(CNN) Josh Levs, Hande Atay-Alam and Zeynep Bilginsoy reporting: A Turkish court Wednesday banned website pages that show the new cover of Charlie Hebdo, the country”s semiofficial news agency Anadolu reported. A newspaper that included images of the cover received death threats.
The developments came as Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan wrote on Twitter, “Those who are publishing figures referring to our supreme Prophet are those who disregard the sacred.” Such a move is “open incitement and provocation,” he added.
The French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo’s new cover contains what it calls a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed holding a sign saying “Je suis Charlie.” The caption says “All is forgiven” in French.
It comes a week after Islamist terrorists killed 12 people at the paper’s offices.
Police went to the offices of Istanbul newspaper Cumhuriyet and blocked off traffic around it after the paper published excerpts from the Charlie Hebdo issue.
Armored police blocked the entrance and stopped distribution trucks at the printing press in Istanbul, the secular daily said.
The prosecutor’s office then stopped the blockade, possibly because it did not know the image was inside the paper, according to the report…. (read more)
CNN’s Gul Tuysuz and Jomana Karadsheh contributed to this report.
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