German television station Tele 5 has changed their logo to a German flag overlaid by the Islamic star-and-crescent.
Tele5 justified the move on Twitter this afternoon, saying that it was a symbol “expressing our sympathy to the victims of yesterday’s attack,” on German tourists in Istanbul. The attack in Istanbul took the lives of 10 tourists, mostly Germans, in Sultanahmet square, a tourist location near the Blue mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Since tweeting their justification for their actions the Tele5 twitter has been full of mixed reactions and with outright criticism, leading user @EberhardFuchs to comment, “is it not inappropriate to to put an Islamic symbol on the German flag after an Islamist attack?”
The response from Tele5 stated, “we find it rather unfortunate that the half moon crescent has become a symbol of fear. The hilal [crescent] is not a sign of terror.”
Um den Opfern des gestrigen Anschlags unser Mitgefühl auszusprechen, seht ihr unser Programm heute mit diesem Logo. pic.twitter.com/MORr1bwAul
— TELE 5 (@tele5) January 13, 2016