World Bulletin: Turkish minister slams efforts to link Paris attack with Islam

Culture Minister Celik says attributing the fatal gun attack on French magazine to Islam will serve Islamophobia and xenophobia in Europe

Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Omer Celik has condemned Wednesday’s gang shooting on offices of French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” that left 12 people dead and 20 other injured…

…He also pointed out the way international news agencies broadcast its news which refers to it as an “attack on magazine publishing caricatures of Prophet Muhammad.”

The magazine sparked controversy back in 2006 and 2012 for publishing comic cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Celik maintained that use of such language by the press would mean a support to a “wrong effort to manipulate the public perception.”

“Each sentence that links Islam and Muslims to this attack and its perpetrators would serve both Islamophobia and xenophobia,” he noted…

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