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World-renowned Turkish pianist Fazıl Say has slammed the ongoing lawsuit against him on his Facebook page, hinting that he could leave Turkey if he is given a jail sentence.

"If I go to jail they would be victorious. They don't want to create something but all they want is to destroy," Say said, referring to those who criticize him for his comments that Turkish "Arabesque" music is akin to "treason" because of its poor quality.
 
"They want to punish all differences with a jail term ... A pianist cannot go to jail, it means the end of life for him," he said, adding that he would prefer to leave the country if faced with a jail term.

"I haven't made a plan to leave behind my 12-year-old daughter, but I could," Say said. "They want me to keep my silence against this fascism."

Say is accused of "insulting religious values" for a number of tweets that he sent, such as: “Wherever there is a stupid person or a thief, they are believers in God. Is this a paradox?”

December/09/2012

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american american

12/13/2012 1:41:47 AM

ah, the religion of peace. the believer's faith is so strong that they must prosecute every opposing viewpoint. i guess since israel is a jewish country and america is a christian country, for every insult or threat to those perspective any punishment is justified.

Agnes Smith

12/10/2012 3:14:40 PM

It is a terrible waste of court time. There are many real crimes more worthy of attention. The world looks on in stunded silence. Why Turkey needs this bad exposure? Persecuting your artistic geniuses is primitive behavior.Being told what you can say and watch and read does not stop people doing it. The Turks as a nation must stand together for freedom.

mara mcglothin

12/10/2012 12:25:34 AM

UMMAH MUSLIM You really don't have a clue! Insult is never a punishable offense unless it causes serious physical harm. Period. Europe and the West will rise from the ashes and the Middle East will still be fighting amongst themselves.

kaan irtgit

12/10/2012 12:03:39 AM

Turkey is NOT a muslim country. Turkey is a secular country but majority of the population is muslim. Turkey is the only secular muslim country and that is why we can integrate with the western civilization. Thanks to ATATURK he saw this reality 100 years ago and today while all the arabic muslim middle east countries are still struggling with basic equality and human right problems we can concentrate on our economy. We are a nation built by ATATURK and our strategy was always getting stronger.

Faruk Timuroglu

12/9/2012 11:52:44 PM

Turkey lost many high skilled persons after Sept 12, 1980 military coup. RTE today created even worse conditions. Being jailed would be a dead sentence for Mr. Say. He can serve his country and his fans around the world better from abroad in these circumstances. Many are dying every day drop by drop in RTE’s jail already. Faithfulness and obedience to RTE rules are more valuable assets than brain and skills nowadays in Turkey.

Ummah Muslim

12/9/2012 9:08:59 PM

Turkey is a muslim country. So it's normal to get a punishment if you insult our religion. Thanks to the muslim leiders in Turkey , since 2002 till now Turkey became a powerful country that has no economic crisis like al those European non-muslim country's with non-muslim leaders. Europe is bankrupt , and this is the beginning of hell for them.

mara mcglothin

12/9/2012 6:06:19 PM

Godspeed to Mr Say.
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