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Turkish Court Clears Writer December 19, 2006

Posted by publicpolitics in Censorship.
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“The Turkish author Ipek Calislar has been acquitted of insulting modern Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.”

BBC

Turkey has a tough, archaic law against the denigration of Turkishness, and Calislar had supposedly insulted Ataturk when she reported in a biography that the great man himself had once fled disguised as a woman. Why this should degrade Turkishness is beyond me, but it seems that women must degrade Turkishness, as a substantial number of women must dress like women nearly everyday.

Several Turkish literati have been prosecuted under the law, including this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Orhan Pamuk., and Elf Shafak- both were acquitted.

The European Union continues to press Turkey for reform of the law, and it is right to do. The law is archaic, and a clear legislative bar to free expression.

Tags: Orhan Pamuk. Nobel Prize | Ipek Calislar | union | Turkey | EUROPEAN | court | Censorship

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