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A criminal case opened in Turkey over a caricature of Erdogan

The Ankara General Prosecutor's Office opened a criminal case over the publication in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo of a cartoon of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Turkish TV channel NTV reports.

The editorial board of a satirical publication is involved in the case — employees of the Prosecutor General's Office have already launched a corresponding investigation.

In turn, President's spokesman Ibrahim Kalyn condemned the publication. On Twitter, he wrote that this has nothing to do with humor or free speech.

He called the goal of Charlie Hebdo's editors “to sow the seeds of hatred and enmity” and accused France of demonstrating “vulgarity and immorality.”

“The transformation of freedom of expression into hostility to religion and belief can only be the product of sick thinking,” Kalyn wrote.

Recall that earlier Recep Tayyip Erdogan advised his French colleague Emmanuel Macron to “check the psyche” because of his reaction to the brutal murder of a teacher by an Islamist in the suburbs of Paris.

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