President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has filed a criminal complaint against the editor-in-chief and a reporter of France’s Le Point magazine over its cover.
The front page of this week’s edition of Le Point magazine features a picture of Erdoğan making a military salute with the words: “Ethnic cleansing, the Erdoğan method” and “Are we going to let him massacre the Kurds?”
The cover prompted Erdoğan to ask Ankara prosecutors to open a case against Etienne Gernelle, the managing editor of Le Point, and Romain Gubert, the author of the article. The complaint accuses them of insulting the president, a crime in Turkey.
Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın on Oct. 24 slammed the magazine and what he sees as France’s anti-Turkey stance, saying that France had colonized many countries in the past and slaughtered thousands of people.
“They [France] are trying every way to protect their puppets but to no avail,” he said, referring to the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
“Kurds are not your contractors and they will not be. Your colonizing days are over.”
Turkey launched its military offensive in northern Syria on Oct. 9 with the aims of clearing the border from the YPG, which is the Syrian affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and establishing a “safe zone.”
Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist organization due to its links with the PKK, which is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.