Editors of the New York Times and other outlets that refused to publish the new cover of Charlie Hebdo, take note: A secular newspaper in Turkey, Cumhuriyet, published cartoons from the latest Charlie Hebdo edition on Wednesday, in spite of recent suicide bombings in the country and a raid by the police. From the Wall Street Journal:
[D]ozens of riot police sealed off the roads to Cumhuriyet’s Istanbul headquarters, following an official raid shortly after midnight on its printing house as editors planned to prominently publish the image of Muhammad in solidarity with the 12 people killed by extremists at the satirical magazine’s Paris offices last week.Cumhuriyet said that Turkish authorities allowed Wednesday’s edition to reach store shelves after an inspection showed that the cartoon of Muhammad wasn’t printed on the cover, but inside the paper atop two opinion columns.
Turkey’s secular left shares an intellectual lineage with France’s, so perhaps the sympathy is unsurprising. What is breathtaking is the audacity of doing this in a country where the government’s secular foundation has been rapidly eroding. (In other news, a Turkish judge ordered internet sites blocked that featured the Hebdo cover.) But for now, the Turks still have enough freedom, unlike people in many of their neighboring countries, that a brave editor can do something like this.Talk about the courage of your convictions.