Turkey’s Backward Freedom Agenda

Supporters of Turkish classical pianist Fazil Say demonstrate in front of the court house in Istanbul Oct. 18, 2012. (photo by REUTERS/Burak Akbulut)

In the last few days, two deeply troubling court decisions brought to light Turkey’s double standards in respecting freedom of expression and religion. While historic churches risk being converted to mosques in Turkey, world class concert pianist Fazil Say has been given jail time for insulting Muslims. Something seems to have gone terribly wrong in how the Turkish nation develops its sensitivity to freedom and democracy.

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