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  • By Reuters Staff

    A Turkish court sentenced two journalists to two years in jail for blasphemy on Thursday, their newspaper said, after they reprinted a controversial cover from the French satirical magazine […]

    • @OP – The judgement is likely to inflame concerns about freedom of expression in Turkey, where opposition newspapers have been seized and a number of journalists have been sued for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan.

      Turkey needs to decide if it wants to be part of civilised Europe, or if it wants to revert to the backwardness of Islamic tribalism!

    • Turkey is on the long slow slide backwards to an uncivilized state. The EU should be politely but forcefully remind Turkey that membership of a civilized organization places requirements on all members. Freedom of the press being paramount. Plus a long list of other transgressions by this current Turkish regime.

    • This is so sad, I remember feeling quite optimistic around the time of the Arab Spring. It all however seems to be turning to crap. Not much chance of joining the EU if they keep this up.

    • What’s the delay in getting Turkey into the EU? I think the sooner the better then every time a character from a medieval fairytale passes a sentence like this the court of human rights can slap them down right away.

    • There’s every chance of Turkey joining the Eu as they hold a big bargaining chip with the migrant crisis – that’s politics. In any case they can simply point at Ireland’s blasphemy law or Polands abortion laws (recently changed so that there are no exceptions – even rape and incest ) as examples of member states who have religiously orientated criminal systems.

    • mr_DNA #5
      May 4, 2016 at 8:39 am: Ireland’s blasphemy law

      Don’t be quite so hard on us mr DNA. The law was passed as it is a requirement of the eighty year old constitution, which is notoriously difficult to change. Any attempt to tamper with religious privilege is incredibly divisive, as the Opus Dei crowd and their various front organisations immediately mobilise their considerable funds, and remaining political clout and start a crusade. It is also expensive and disruptive of political life, as ministers and MPs have to stomp around the country trying to whip up votes, thus neglecting their other more important work running the country.

      The solution arrived at, was to pass a law as required by the constitution, but make it so arcane that it could never be enforced. No one has been prosecuted under the law, though Paddy Power, the Turf Accountants withdrew an advert with a parody of The Last Supper, but I suspect more on the grounds of taste than fear of the law (or Lord?).

    • Reckless Monkey #3
      May 3, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      This is so sad, I remember feeling quite optimistic around the time of the Arab Spring. It all however seems to be turning to crap.

      The problem with “the Arab Spring”, was that it was a western propagandists wish-thinking fantasy!

      “Liberating” jihadists from “repressive regimes”, does not cause the regimes to default to democracy! – Especially when the forms of democracy which elected George W. Bush as president and which are selecting Trump as a potential candidate, are visible to people overseas!

    • Our governments should not look the other way at this nonsense. Left unchecked it will only get worse. The key is to figure out some sanction that will hurt those responsible and leave everyone else alone.

    • We will not leave this country to fascists in Islam sauce,

      Is something lost in translation here or is this a saying in Turkey?

    • Islam sauce???? No thanks, I’ll eat mine dry.

    • I get the impression that the Turkish regime is teetering, and could fall either way.