Saturday, December 09, 2006

Defending Free Expression in Turkey

Earlier this week, the International Herald Tribune published a must read essay from Turkish professor Atilla Yayla. Professor Yayla had the temerity to criticize the founder of the Turkish republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, during a recent panel session. In his article, he discusses the consequences of his remarks:

What is the defining line between a civilized and uncivilized country? In my own experience in Turkey since Nov. 19, it is freedom of expression: I have been accused of treason in the press and suspended from my university for defending the common values of civilization and re-evaluating Turkey's history.

Please read the read:

Freedom of Expression in Turkey


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