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Publish Date: 15:38 - 03 September 2020
Thursday, 03 September 2020_Turkey and Pakistan have separately censured the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo for republishing offensive cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Turkey, Pakistan rebuke French weekly for reprinting anti-Islam cartoonsIn an editorial this week accompanying the blasphemous caricatures, the magazine said they "belong to history, and history cannot be rewritten nor erased."

The insulting sketches were reprinted on the eve of the trial of suspects in a deadly attack on the paper’s Paris offices in 2015.

French President Emmanuel Macron refused to censure the more and claimed it was not his place to pass judgment about what he called a matter of free speech.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy strongly condemned the magazine’s republication of the cartoons, adding that the approach of the French authorities, especially Macron, regarding the incident is also "unacceptable."

He further stressed that it is not possible to justify the insult and disrespect toward Muslims by saying it is freedom of the press, art or expression.

“At every opportunity, those who define themselves as democrat and liberal are serving the new generation of fascists and racists in France and Europe by using such racist and discriminatory actions that increase anti-Islamism and xenophobia,” Aksoy said.

He also urged politicians and European countries to take a clear stance against such attacks against Islam which are on the rise and hurt Muslim sentiments.

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