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Fazil Say

Murdering Freedom of Speech

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Freedom of speech might be integral to the hard-won flowering of modern freedoms valued in the West, but its fragile bloom has faded and could die without proper tending by courageous politicians and media working in a global partnership to oppose Islamism and the Zeitgeist of political correctness.

New Media, Old Threats

PEN American Center | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
PEN American Center

With the tools to broadcast opinions and ideas now in the hands of millions of Turkish citizens, the question is not whether social media should or should not abide by Turkey's laws, but whether Turkey will amend its laws to permit and protect peaceful dissent.

In Religious Freedom Debate, Nonbelievers Must Not Be Ignored

Freedom House | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Billy Ford, Senior Program Associate, International Religious Freedom and Cyrus Rassool, Program Associate, Regional Programs According to a 20...

Victimized, Vulnerable, Hegemonious, Insensitive: Prime Minister and The Pianist

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 06.17.2013 | World
Yavuz Baydar

Intensely busy, intellectually engaged and emotionally very tense, Turkey is in the midst of two seemingly parallel and synched reform processes: a new constitution and a peace talks with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Turkish Pianist Jailed For Twitter Comments

AP | SUZAN FRASER | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts

ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish court on Monday convicted top Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say of denigrating religion through comments he made...

Famous Pianist Charged With Insulting Islam

AP | SELCAN HACAOGLU | Posted 08.01.2012 | Home

ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish court on Friday formally charged an internationally known pianist and composer with insulting Islamic religious value...