MUSIC > 'Sad for Turkey,' pianist says after indictment for anti-religious tweets is approved

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet

Print Page Send to friend »
Fazıl Say.

Fazıl Say.

Turkish pianist Fazıl Say said the case trying him for "insulting the religious values of a section of society" is very sad for Turkey, daily Hürriyet reported today.

The pianist said he was one of 165 people who shared the tweet that caused him to face imprisonment.

"I just found the parable funny and retweeted it." Say said. "The case, which is inconsistent with human rights and universal laws, is bad for Turkey's image ."

An Istanbul court has accepted an indictment against the prominent Turkish pianist  for his remarks in support of atheism yesterday.

The indictment calls for the pianist to be sentenced to 1.5 years in prison.

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?”


PRINTER FRIENDLY Send to friend »


Notice on comments

jeffrey Jeffrey

6/3/2012 8:15:15 PM

You could have seen it coming when the AKP government closed down the Ataturk Kultur Merkezi. You should have smelt it when they stopped funding to state theatres. You know what is happening when this government decides build a Mega Mosque and ban abortions, And now the repression starts agasinst prominent secular artists. Any pretense of secularism has been thrown out the window and you know why there are so many journalists and officers in prison. Next election,you know how to vote!!!!!

Rimon Tree

6/3/2012 6:04:05 PM

@ Tiger So happy to live in Europe with the "hands up" of our democratically elected MPs! Things like that would never ever happen in one of our countries. Freedom of speech here means REAL freedom of speech, but somebody from a Muslim country would have difficulties to understand, I agree!

Rorschach ~

6/3/2012 5:48:09 PM

Justice. Democracy. Secular. These are words that no longer apply to Turkey.


6/3/2012 3:12:18 PM

@ stern fred, i think you are talking about the ''so called armenian genoice'' while you are saying ''and remember your mr.bağış ..., i dont agree with you and i dont have to agree with you. do you reallly believe armenian lies, turks killed 1,5 millions innocent armenians and they didnt killed any innocent turks kurds, azerbaijanis, have you ever listened to our side, of course noooo, although there is no international court order, your parliaments just 'hands up',where is ur freedom of speech

MR Somalia

6/3/2012 1:17:08 PM

I don't agree with the sentencing but he should just be warned not to make public comments like that when he has large followers. It could snow ball into something more serious. I hope Turkish courts don't waste their time and money on this lunatic.

Michael Johnson

6/3/2012 11:15:54 AM

Turks are the thinnest-skinned people on earth. Very much at odds with their tough image. Now that's the paradox.

sid solo

6/3/2012 9:45:02 AM

This sums up my and probably many people's feelings: “As I grow older, my sadness grows too. What we were, what we have become, and what we will become? As a child of the republic, a young person believing in the Kemalist reforms, and now as an aged writer who is longing for those honorable days, I wished, I would have packed up and left (this world) earlier, and hadn't seen these days” Oktay Akbal in Cumhuriyet, 3.06.2012

sid solo

6/3/2012 8:54:56 AM

Never mind Turkey's image that is being damaged, my personal dreams of a progressive Turkish Republic, worthy of its founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk are being shattered and destroyed.

Rimon Tree

6/3/2012 7:45:53 AM

@ Tiger Your syntax betrays you! It goes: My freedom ends where yours start, this contains respecting the others freedom, while your syntax comes up to repressing the others. And your concept of "defaming" by expressing your thoughts is deeply at odds with the esteemed AKP governments behaviour against anybody else not their opinion! And remember your Mr. Bagis stupid remarks in Switzerland?

Eric Martin

6/3/2012 2:13:23 AM

The government should reconsider. This kind of act by government belongs in Saudi Arabia - not Turkey.
< >


AcerPro S.I.P.A HTML & CSS Agency