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Friday, November 30, 2007

Richard Dawkins's Turkish Publisher May Face Charges of "Insulting Turkishness"

Richard Dawkins's Turkish publisher, Kuzey Publications, may face prosecution for its publication and distribution of his best-seller The God Delusion.  One reader has complained that the book is "hurtful to members of religions living in Turkey, and wanted the book banned and the publishers punished," according to publisher Erol Karaaslan. The government has not yet decided whether to file charges. If it does so, such a prosecution would be the latest in a string of actions attempted against authors and publishers and brought under Penal Code article 301 which prohibits "insulting Turkishness." Many foreign governments, particularly those of European Union members, have urged Turkey to amend that code article. Turkey would like to join the European Union. Read more here and here.

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