A Turkish flag waves outside Istanbul's courthouse during a protest on Dec. 18, 2014 in Istanbul. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE
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A Turkish court Thursday sentenced two prominent Turkish journalists to two years behind bars for illustrating their columns with a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, their lawyer said.The sentence handed to the columnists for the opposition Cumhuriyet daily Hikmet Cetinkaya and Ceyda Karan – which is still subject to appeal – comes amid growing alarm over press freedoms in Turkey. The edition did not include the controversial front cover featuring Prophet Mohammed, but a smaller version of the cartoon was included twice inside the newspaper to illustrate columns on the subject by Karan and Cetinkaya.
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