Turkey slams Charlie Hebdo for targeting Erdogan

Turkey slams Charlie Hebdo for targeting Erdogan

ANKARA: Turkey blasted French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo on Tuesday for publishing “loathsome so-called caricatures” purportedly of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Anadolu Agency reported.

“Charlie Hebdo just published a series of so-called cartoons full of despicable images purportedly of our President. We condemn this most disgusting effort by this publication to spread its cultural racism and hatred,” presidential spokesman Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter.

While underscoring Turkey’s position of being opposed to any violence and acts of terrorism against civilians, he said: “We will not remain silent in the face of disgusting attacks on our culture and religion no matter where it comes from.”

“We call on all sensible European friends to fight back against this kind of primitive cultural racism, intellectual barrenness, and uncivilised discourse,” he said.

Condemning the satirical weekly, Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that attacking individual rights is not humour or freedom of speech.

“The aim of these publications, devoid of morality and decency, is to sow seeds of hatred and animosity,” he wrote on Twitter.

Noting that turning freedom of expression into hostility towards religion and belief can only be the product of a sick mentality, Kalin said that everyone with common sense should condemn this abominable publication.

— BERNAMA