The Charlie Hebdo weekly magazine’s Paris office was attacked by three Muslim gunmen in January after it published controversial cartoons depicting Islamic prophet Muhammad. Twelve people, including the editor-in-chief, were killed in the attack.
In January, in solidarity with the French magazine, Turkish Cumhuriyet re-published four of Charlie Hebdo’s post-attack special edition pages. The newspaper did not publish the magazine’s cover that displayed a large cartoon of prophet Muhammad, but they used smaller images throughout the text.
An investigation was launched following reports of some 1,280 Turkish nationals placing an appeal with the prosecutor’s office.
Turkish prosecutors issued a 38-page bill of particulars, blaming the reporters of “insulting religious values” and “inciting hatred.”