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Turkey: Four staff members of Charlie Hebdo indicted for allegedly ‘insulting the President’ in a cartoon

13 April 2021
Image: Cartoon on the cover of Charlie Hebdo’s 28 October 2020 issue / Charlie Hebdo on Instagram

 

27 March 2021: Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office indicted four staff members of the Charlie Hebdo magazine for allegedly “insulting the President” in the cartoon published on the Charlie Hebdo’s cover of the 28 October 2020 issue, reported DW.

Editor-in-Chief Julin Serignac, editor-in-Chief Gerard Biard, editor-in-Chief Laurent Sourisseau and cartoonist Alice Petit are accused of “insulting the President” because of the cartoon depicting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sitting on an armchair in his underwear, lifting the skirt of a woman holding wine glasses on the tray. The phrase on the cartoon says, “Erdoğan is very funny in personal life.”

According to DW, the indictment mentions that the cartoon aims to hurt President Erdoğan’s feelings and that “the caricature in question does not remain within the freedom of the press or freedom of expression, and it was obviously prepared with the intention of harming the honour and dignity of the President.”

The indictment also highlights that, according to the Turkish Penal Code, when the crime has been committed by Turkish citizens or foreigners abroad, Turkish law must be applied.

Charlie Hebdo is a satirical magazine published weekly in France.

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