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Turkish journalists sentenced over Charlie Hebdo cover

Published 28/04/2016

Two Turkish newspaper columnists have been jailed for stirring up
Two Turkish newspaper columnists have been jailed for stirring up "hatred and enmity"

Two Turkish opposition journalists have been jailed for two years for publishing French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's controversial cover featuring a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said an Istanbul court convicted Cumhuriyet newspaper columnists Ceyda Karan and Hikmet Cetinkaya of stirring up "hatred and enmity".

The court acquitted them of the separate charges of "insulting religious values".

The two are expected to appeal against their conviction.

Cumhuriyet had printed a selection of cartoons and articles in a show of solidarity with Charlie Hebdo following last year's attack on the magazine's Paris offices.

The four-page pull-out did not feature the controversial cover, but the two journalists included images of it in their columns in the same edition.

Mr Cetinkaya said he does not regret printing the cartoon and criticised the court's decision.

"As a result, freedom of expression took a hit," he said.

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