Turkey vows ‘legal actions’ over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

29 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

ISTANBUL: Turkey on Wednesday vowed to take “legal and diplomatic actions” over a cartoon in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports AFP.

“We assure our people that necessary legal and diplomatic actions will be taken against this cartoon,” the Turkish presidency said in a statement.

Minutes later, the Ankara prosecutor’s office launched an investigation into the publication. The front-page caricature of Wednesday’s edition of Charlie Hebdo sparked fury in Turkey, a mostly Muslim country with increasingly tense relations with France.

The drawing showed the Turkish leader in T-shirt and underpants, drinking a can of beer and lifting up the skirt of a woman wearing a hijab to reveal her naked bottom.