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Humor magazine Gırgır closed down after printing blasphemous cartoon

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One of the most popular humor magazines in Turkey, Gırgır, was closed down after it published a controversial cartoon featuring Moses in its latest edition.

The lawyer representing the publication company printing Gırgır told media outlets that the company will file criminal complaints against the cartoonists and other staff at the magazine who are responsible for the controversial cartoon.

A statement released from the social media account of the magazine said: “We apologize to  everyone we hurt for the ‘terrible’ cartoon which, we did not notice due to lack of sleep and exhaustion before it was printed.”

In a message from his Twitter account on Thursday, presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın criticized Gırgır, saying that what the magazine has done has nothing to do with freedom of expression or humor.

“It is an immoral act and a hate crime. I strongly condemn this act of disrespect against sacred values,” Kalın said.

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