ANKARA (AFP) -Turkey will not allow Islam to be insulted, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday, describing the publication of cartoons or caricatures as an open provocation.
“Freedom of the press does not mean freedom to insult,” Davutoglu told reporters in Ankara a day after leading Turkish daily Cumhuriyet and Turkish Internet sites published cartoons from the special Charlie Hebdo issue.
The newspaper produced a special four-page pull-out of cartoons and articles drawn from the French satirical magazine Wednesday in solidarity with the 12 people gunned down in an attack on its offices in Paris.
“We do not allow any insult to the prophet in this country,” Davutoglu said. “As the government, we cannot put side by side the freedom of press and the lowness to insult.”
Davutoglu said people were sensitive about their religion in the pre-dominantly Muslim Turkey and could not be expected to show patience towards insults.