Turkish court blocks access to websites publishing Charlie Hebdo’s cover featuring Prophet

Turkish court blocks access to websites publishing Charlie Hebdo’s cover featuring Prophet
# 14 January 2015 16:06 (UTC +04:00)
The issue is the first since a deadly attack on the magazine’s Paris office claimed the lives of 12 people, including prominent cartoonists, APA cites Hurriyyet Daily News.
The ruling was announced by a local court in the southeastern province of Diyarbakırfollowing a complaint.
The move comes after Turkish daily Cumhuriyet agreed to publish a four-page selection of Charlie Hebdo’s new issue in Turkish. The decision stirred controversy, with a number of prominent government officials unprecedentedly slamming the publication of the Charlie Hebdo images as a “provocation.”
“Those who disregard the sacred values of Muslims by publishing forms allegedly referring to our Prophet are clearly committing a provocation,” Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın AkdoÄŸan said via Twitter Jan. 14.
“The fact that those who irresponsibly target the values of society publically express it via media or through art doesn’t change its aggressive nature,” AkdoÄŸan said.
The move comes days after Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoÄŸlu joined other foreign dignitaries during a march in Paris for freedom of expression and against intolerance, with the slogan “Je suis Charlie,” in tribute to the victims of the Paris attack.
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