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Turkish Court Bans Websites Depicting Latest Charlie Hebdo Cover

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A regional Turkish court reportedly has banned access to web sites featuring caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.

MOSCOW, January 15 (Sputnik) — A regional Turkish court has banned access to web sites featuring the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, Anadolu agency reported.

"Pictures, cartoons, statements, writings and publications aimed at humiliating the Prophet and religious values are accepted as an insult to those who believe in that religion," the Turkish news outlet quoted the ruling as saying Wednesday.

A picture taken in Tehran on January 12, 2015 shows the front pages of Iranian newspapers displaying headlines, in response to the recent Islamist attacks that killed 17 people, most at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. - Sputnik International
Iran Condemns New Charlie Hebdo Cover
The latest Charlie Hebdo cover published on Wednesday depicts Prophet Muhammad holding a sign saying "Je suis Charlie" (I am Charlie). The slogan has been used extensively in a display of solidarity with the magazine whose 10 staff members and two police officers guarding its office in Paris were killed in an attack last Wednesday.

Media reports indicated that the latest issue's print run could reach as high as five million copies after the magazine sold out by mid-morning, in comparison to its usual circulation of 60,000.

The magazine has received a number of threats from radical Islamists in response to the satirical magazine's cartoons lampooning political and religious figures, including the Prophet Muhammad. Shortly before the January 7 terrorist attack, Charlie Hebdo posted a caricature of an Islamic State radical group leader on its Twitter page.

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