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An Istanbul court has accepted an indictment against prominent Turkish pianist Fazıl Say for his remarks in support of atheism, Doğan news agency reported.
 
The indictment calls for the pianist to be sentenced to 1.5 years in prison for "insulting the religious values of a section of society."
 
According to allegations, Say said in a Tweet that “wherever there is a stupid person or a thief, they are believers in God. Is this a paradox?”
 
On a different occasion, Say tweeted, “After tonight, everyone in the country will be an atheist.”

June/01/2012

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Sedat Özdemir

6/2/2012 1:49:27 AM

@Tevfik Alp, I guess they don't approve comments which contains links, insults, swearwords etc. other than these they pretty much approve all comments but they approve comments in couple hours, sometimes in minutes. You should know.

Tevfik Alp

6/1/2012 8:05:43 PM

I noticed. Several times. "Daily News - Hurriyet " did not publish my comments either. I wonder, if Daily News is practicing restrictive activities on reader's "freedom of speech and expression".

John McAuliffe

6/1/2012 6:56:58 PM

What about an indictment against those who offend people with similar opinions to Fazil Say ? One just wonders what happened to Turkish secularism ? Turkey betrayed one - if not the best - Turkish ambassadors in the entire world ! Seems that freedom of thought and speech in Turkey simply do not exist .

Ryan James

6/1/2012 6:56:49 PM

After tonight. I will remain an atheist.

Ryan James

6/1/2012 6:45:18 PM

What "section of the country/" Erdogan's house in Uskudar? Cankaya? The black comedy continues...

jeffrey Jeffrey

6/1/2012 5:52:23 PM

And if Erdogan says Turkey is secular, will he be charged for offending the religious values of the new Turkey?

Ryan James

6/1/2012 5:47:53 PM

God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. So said Friedrich Nietzshe. And so say I. Justice is dead in Turkey, Justice remains dead. And the Turks have killed it. What a fiasco! Some democracy...

jeffrey Jeffrey

6/1/2012 5:18:34 PM

And if Erdogan says Turkey is secular, will he be charged for offending the religious values of the new Turkey?

Thessalonian

6/1/2012 5:14:02 PM

Here we go again! Turkish justice at its best...When are the people of Turkey going to stand up against this government? Is financial success all that matters in Turkey? Your judiciary is indeed the laughing stock of the West...Insulting the religious beliefs of society? That's preposterous, ludicrous, laughable, irrational, ridiculous, bizarre and so on. How do you expect to join a liberal Europe when you procecute people for what they think and subsequently express? Appalling...Regards

Murat

6/1/2012 4:46:26 PM

The blight of the juditial system is the shame of every Turk who values a democratic republic.
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