World News – CA – Turkey to take legal and diplomatic action against Erdogan’s French cartoon


ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey said on Wednesday it would take legal and diplomatic action in response to a cartoon of President Tayyip Erdogan in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which officials called of « disgusting effort » to « spread cultural racism and hatred »

Turkish anger over the cartoon fueled the dispute between Turkey and France over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons, which erupted after a teacher who showed the cartoons to students in a lesson on freedom of the ‘expression was beheaded in France this month

The cartoon on the cover of Charlie Hebdo showed Erdogan sitting in a white t-shirt and underpants, holding a canned drink with a woman wearing an Islamic hijab

« Our people must not doubt that all necessary legal and diplomatic measures will be taken against the cartoon in question, » said the Directorate of Communications of Turkey

« Our fight against these crude, malicious and insulting measures will continue to the end with reason but determination, » he said in a statement

Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul told reporters in Ankara that Turkish authorities have taken all necessary initiatives with relevant authorities State media also reported that Turkish prosecutors have opened an investigation into the Charlie Hebdo executives

Senior Turkish officials condemned the cartoon, with presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin saying he did not respect « any beliefs, sanctity and values » and showed « their own vulgarity and immorality. He said the cartoon could not not be considered as a freedom of expression

« We condemn this post’s most disgusting effort to spread its cultural racism and hatred, » Altun wrote on Twitter

Erdogan sharply criticized Macron over the weekend, saying the French leader needed a mental health check-up, prompting France to recall its ambassador from Ankara On Monday, Erdogan called for a boycott of French products

The cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, viewed as blasphemous by Muslims, were displayed in France out of solidarity and Macron said he would redouble his efforts to prevent conservative Islamic beliefs from overthrowing French values, angering the many muslims

Reporting by Daren Butler, Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Robert Birsel and Dominic Evans

All quotes were delayed for at least 15 minutes See here for a full list of exchanges and delays

Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish lira, Charlie Hebdo

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