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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (not pictured) in Kiev, Ukraine, 13 September 2012. Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Kiev on 13 September on a three-day official visit. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (not pictured) in Kiev, Ukraine, 13 September 2012. Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Kiev on 13 September on a three-day official visit. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad cannot be considered freedom of speech, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today in relation to protests that are sweeping the world in response to an anti-Islam film. At the same time, however, such insults do not provide people with the right to attack others, Erdoğan said in the Ukrainian city of Yalta.  
“Those who made this movie should be condemned in the harshest terms. But insulting religion cannot be an excuse to attack people,” Erdoğan said, according to daily Hürriyet.
"It is not within freedom of speech to insult the high values of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. It cannot be seen as freedom of speech to insult religions, prophets, sacred values of people. That movie is openly provocative and hostile," Erdoğan said.

The film, “The Innocence of Muslims,” has touched off a storm of protests across the Muslim world and led to a violent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11 that killed four U.S. diplomats, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.


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mara mcglothin

9/18/2012 9:18:18 PM

ABRAHAM I would be willing to bet that if someone made a low budget film like you speak about, the majority of Americans would point and laugh at the persons stupidity. Not blow up his house!

Abraham abu hamam

9/17/2012 8:21:01 PM

If some one in the US makes a comedy film about adolf Hitler and alleged holocaust will the US government consider it a freedom of speech or he will be condemned and acused with unit samitezem And forced to apologise?


9/16/2012 9:26:45 PM

With a little introspection Muslims will see that they too belittle and mock the beliefs of other great faiths. I have been in the presence of so called devout Muslims who would not even touch my Incil and would spit in disgust. I'm sure some of these same people are protesting against the film. So they are dismissing and insulting a book billions feel is from God and that's OK and justified and at the same time they are upset with this film which they see as terrible. I don't get it.???

John Poland

9/16/2012 12:08:39 AM

Dear Prime Minister , We in America are in a war Against Moslem Extremests Sir.I do not at this time onsiter You one of them ..But by trying to set the Rules like this ..You are Aiding them ! Freedom of speach is the Law here because we believe All ideas are worth hearing and Every Person..has the right to hear it ,and make up their ming if it Is a Good idea or a Bad one.a True statement or false one based on Facts..Even if it may Greatly undermind the Powers that be.

Safiyah Noor Page

9/15/2012 12:11:22 AM

Murat-funny the irony of things-Brit Royals inflamed and entire English speaking Press restraining itself by not publishing pics of Princess sans top on. They referred to it as "an evasion of privacy" and strongly comdemned it. They fully intend to sue the French newspaper that published. No crowd of "acknowledgers" of the Princess' status and defenders because the civilized anything goes speech defenders "agreed" that that pic was beyond what they tolerate ane never published them in Britain.

ilker avni

9/15/2012 12:08:43 AM

Its funny how the film was released on the anversary of the 9/11 incident,which proves the film made and payed for by Jews living in America,was to set out they agenda to cause has much uproar in the muslim world,to cause harm to American interests around the world.Which again proves having Israel as a ally is costing America big time.The innocents are the ones who suffer the most ,and i include Americans..The killing of American Ambasador in Libya is proof of this.Israel is a burden on America

Indy Eleven

9/14/2012 11:49:16 PM

Also, I agree with the PM that religions should be respected, not ridiculed and not persecuted. But some of the militant groups who claim to be defenders of their faith also need to remind themselves of this righteous principle too. The practice of one religious group persecuting and discriminating against another religious group (often very violently) still continues today.

Indy Eleven

9/14/2012 11:31:27 PM

I don't know if any here have followed on finding out who made that film: A man who already has a criminal conviction for fraud on his resume who seems to have duped the actors into participating in the filming by misleading them into thinking that the film was about something completely different. And then later, adding the incendiary parts that ridicule the prophet. He seems to have a personal agenda which motivated this most globally incendiary of his frauds.

Geir Fugleberg

9/14/2012 11:27:15 PM

It is evidently clear that Mr Erdogan and the AKP regime do not even understand,let alone epreciate the true concept of freedom of speach. Freedom of speach do do except persons and or institutions that are generallt respected and venerated,arguably maintaining the freedom of expresion in regard to these institutions is the true definition of freedom of speach.

american american

9/14/2012 9:37:43 PM

murat you have offended me by your distortion of the word zionist. please tell me where you live.
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