Monday, January 23, 2006

Some good news today: Turkey has dropped all charges against novelist Orhan Pamuk. This doesn't mean, however, that Turks are now able to enjoy full freedom of speech.
While Pamuk supporters were pleased his ordeal was over, anti-censorship lobbyists noted that scores of others - writers, publishers, and academics - still face trial for "denigrating Turkishness" or for publishing books deemed to be offensive to Turkey's official self-image.
Let's hope one day all Turkish citizens will be able to speak out freely without fear of persecution.

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