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Famous Turkish pianist Fazıl Say's trial into remarks he made on Twitter allegedly supporting atheism was postponed until Feb. 18, 2013, by a Istanbul court during a hearing today.

The indictment calls for Say to be sentenced to 18 months in prison for "insulting the religious values of a section of society."

A number of prominent artists have expressed their support for Say in a written statement, protesting court cases that they said are forced upon artists.

Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bağış expressed his regret at the trial: "I wish Fazıl Say wouldn't oblige us to make such explanations on international platforms."

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?”


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mara mcglothin

10/21/2012 4:45:45 AM

BRIT IN TURKEY I agree with you and if I was going to live in a third World country, it would be Turkey. Your words remind me of an old proverb. "Even the fly who sits on top of the dung heap thinks himself a king." I am so weary of hearing about how Turkey is a model for the rest of the ME. I want so much more for Turkey than just being the best of the worst! I would be even more passionate about it if I actually lived there instead of just visited. So much opportunity, so little change

Brit in Turkey

10/19/2012 7:31:48 AM

@james mcrae. It is ironic that my wife and I chose Turkey as our adopted home just because the people are the nicest we found in the Mediterranean area and the Middle East. Turks can and do laugh at themselves, unlike so many nationalities, but not it seems the religious bigots amongst them. The sense of humour of the majority is so like that of the British. @Yıldız pascale. Compared with most Middle Eastern countries ("the Arab World") Turkey is a shining example of democracy

Yıldız pascale

10/18/2012 10:58:58 PM

Who has the EU in his pocket? Egemen Bağış? Sid Mark s dreaming,. Yes he is and all of them are NARROW MİNDED and EU is well aware of that. Especially when they wrongfully prosecute or imprison internationally rewarded and respected artists,doctors, journalists, war heros etc., There's no human rights and freedom in Turkey, therefore, Turkey will never be eligible to join the EU and its very wrong to present Turkey as a model of ADVANCED DEMOCRACY to the Arab World.

mara mcglothin

10/18/2012 9:34:17 PM

Spot on! THESSALONIAN Eloquent as always.

Blue Dotterel

10/18/2012 9:30:29 PM

Apparently, Mr. Bagis is trying to prove that Mr. Say is correct in his assumptions.

constantinos kio

10/18/2012 9:12:10 PM

soon all freemind people will imigrate .turkey will became as was before ataturk . by the way do you know what ataturk said for islam ?

US Observer

10/18/2012 8:08:48 PM

@ Nadiri, I guess I'm slow or missing something. Exactly how did I prove you right?

Brit in Turkey

10/18/2012 7:00:02 PM

Nadiri Başaran. I think you will find that US Observer's use of double negatives makes his point difficult to understand. There are certainly countries out there where atheists can freely express their views, the US and UK being two of them. In the UK there are even festivals held by druids (eg. at Stonehenge)! I think Michael Johnson has got it spot on.

james mcrae

10/18/2012 6:54:14 PM

if a country, religion, or person can't laugh at themselves, as they are so busy being dead serious all the time, what does that say about them?as far as religions is concerned, doesn't seem to matter if they are fanatical islamists, or fanatical christians, but the concern here is the idea that these same fanatics have some say over the rule of law and the way a country is run.. this is the concern for turkey presently. fazi say highlights turkeys need to move forward, or be run by fanatics..

mara mcglothin

10/18/2012 6:36:26 PM

NADIRI You are the one that is wrong. In America, if you yell fire in a crowded movie theater when there is no fire, you will not be prosecuted, BUT if people panic and are killed, then you can be prosecuted for the "result" of you action NOT for what you said. I can also call Obama, Jesus and anybody else I want an idiot and nothing at all will happen to me. I can also say that Jews were not killed in Germany. I will not go to jail for it, BUT people will then think I am an idiot. Simple
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