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jeff house
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posted 14 September 2005 02:38 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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International PEN greets with shock the news that the world-famous Turkish writer, Orhan Pamuk, will be brought before an Istanbul court on 16 December and that he faces up to three years in prison

I've actually read (and recommend) two of his books. So, it's more shocking to me than otherwise might be that:

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The charges stem from an interview given by Orhan Pamuk to the Swiss newspaper Das Magazin on 6 February 2005 in which he is quoted as saying that "thirty thousand Kurds and a million Armenians were killed in these lands and nobody but me dares to talk about it".


So her's charged under this section:

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"A person who explicitly insults being a Turk, the Republic or Turkish Grand
National Assembly, shall be imposed to a penalty of imprisonment for a term of six months to three years." To compound matters, Article 301/3 states: "Where insulting being a Turk is committed by a Turkish citizen in a foreign country, the penalty to be imposed shall be increased by one third."

So, if Pamuk is found guilty, he faces an additional penalty for having made the statement abroad. And, note that there is a MINIMUM sentence, apparently 6 months (plus 1/3 more?).

http://www.nearinternational.org/alerts/turkey_820050902en.php


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skdadl
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posted 14 September 2005 02:47 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh no.

Going back to read more carefully, but this is awful.


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skdadl
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posted 14 September 2005 02:55 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, it is probably ill considered and rash of me to say this, but I see two immediate consequences if this prosecution goes ahead: the Turks can kiss their membership in the EU good-bye for the time being, and guess who wins the next Nobel for literature? As he would have, sooner or later anyway.

Och, I am sorry, though. I was really hoping for Erdogan. Damn. Damn damn damn. Why?


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skdadl
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posted 15 September 2005 08:34 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
jeff house, I've been googling about and am ashamed to find that I missed the notice about these charges against Pamuk that ran in the G&M on 1 September.

There should have been more noise locally by now, though.


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mersh
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posted 15 September 2005 10:12 AM      Profile for mersh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I agree, there definitely should have been more noise about this. It's quite something, given Pamuk's status as a writer. I think this also serves as a reminder of the continuing power of the Turkish military. I'll check back later -- hopefully I can find something in English.
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mersh
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posted 15 September 2005 02:19 PM      Profile for mersh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Not much to update, it seems. Some discusson of the arrest here, here (scroll down for the bottom), and an editorial here. I even came across a jihadwatch related link, but didn't read it, since I didn't want to wade through racist crap. It's hard enough reading about how Turkish nationalism is at odds with Western liberalism -- seems to me it was a-ok, so long as Turkey remained in NATO. (And this sort of Orientalism completely ignores how Turkish nationalism emerged as an attempt to modernize & in many ways emulate European national development.)

It's pretty horrible, though, just how deep-seeded this is. I had a friend tell me that Pamuk has been roundly criticized by leftists, as well as the right & the military.


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mersh
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posted 15 September 2005 08:16 PM      Profile for mersh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sorry to keep talking with myself, but this article has some tidbits. (You'll need to sign in: username: deneme1, password: deneme, courtesy of bugmenot.com). The charges may be an effort to keep Turkey out of the EU -- by particular groups/individuals -- by provoking outrage by other Europeans.

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Put another way, just as there are countries in the EU, most notably France, that are using -- or abusing -- the Cyprus problem to dampen this enthusiasm among Turks, there are those Turks who do not want to see Turkey in the EU and are using the Pamuk case to achieve their ends.

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