Pamuk vs. Turkish Government #3
After slapping novelist Orhan Pamuk with a lawsuit over his remarks regarding the genocide of Armenians, and after the international outcry that ensued, the Turkish government appears to think it has found a solution. Justice Minister Cemil Cicek has called on Pamuk to apologize for his remarks. In exchange for this apology the Minister is dangling this carrot: Charges will be dropped.
I doubt Pamuk will take the Minister up on the offer, so we will all have to wait until the public hearing on February 7th to find out more. If the case goes forward, it might shed more critical light on the ridiculous law that makes it a criminal offense to “insult Turkishness” and thus, possibly, hopefully, force its repeal.
Read older posts about Pamuk here.