31 Dec '12, 12pm
Turkey official condemns French paper's bio of Prophet Muhammad, calling it a "provocation"
ANKARA (AFP) - A senior Turkish government official lashed out on Monday at plans by a French satirical newspaper to release a comic book biography of the Prophet Mohammed, calling it a "provocation" and advising Muslims to ignore it. The reaction from Mr Ibrahim Kalin, a close aide to Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, came a day after satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo announced plans to release a comic biography of Islam's founder on Wednesday that the paper said would be researched and educational. "Charlie Hebdo's editor says the cartoons won't be offensive to Muslims. Turning the prophet of Islam into a cartoon character is itself wrong," Mr Kalin said in a message on Twitter. "No matter what Charlie Hebdo people say, this is a provocation. My advise to Muslims: ignore it. Don't give them what they want."