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Cumhuriyet - Turkey | 15/01/2015

Freedom of expression more sacred than prophet

The distribution of the Kemalist daily Cumhuriyet was impeded on Wednesday because it was the only Turkish media outlet to reprint certain sections of the current issue of Charlie Hebdo as a supplement. Two journalists who had featured the cover of the satirical magazine in their columns also received threats. One of them, Ceyda Karan, explains in Cumhuriyet why she doesn't regret her decision: "I have received thousands of reactions with insults and death threats. This is in total contradiction to the humane and sensitive message of the cartoon I put in my column. I published this cartoon by Charlie Hebdo because I saw no 'hatred' or 'offence' in the message 'All is forgiven' from a weeping figure. ... Anyone can have something that is sacred to them, and for me as a journalist that is freedom of opinion and freedom of conscience. If I had ignored the barbaric killings of my colleagues who expressed their thoughts through humour I wouldn't be able to look at myself in the mirror anymore."

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