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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Freedom on Trial

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How come a country does not allow freedom of speech to 'Orhan Pamuk' and Vie for European Union. Once part of Ottoman Empire and a world power is now struggling to become member of European Union however is not willing to compromise on issues that need to be addressed before it joins European Union.
Turkey on Trial, Part 1 - New York Times: "The trial of Orhan Pamuk, the best-selling Turkish
novelist, had barely gotten under way in Istanbul the other day when the judge postponed the proceedings until Feb. 7. We can only hope that this delay signals that Turkish leaders are looking for a way to drop the charges against Mr. Pamuk, who is being prosecuted for 'insulting Turkish identity.' In a newspaper interview last February, Mr. Pamuk referred to the Armenian genocide in 1915 during the Ottoman Empire and to the clashes between Turks and minority
Kurds in Turkey since the 1980's. 'One million Armenians and 30,000 Kurds were killed in these lands and nobody but me dares talk about it,' Mr. Pamuk was quoted as saying. This was considered a crime punishable by up to three years in prison by some Turks, including some prosecutors."

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