Turkish Press Roundup
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  • WigWag

    Good overview, but you missed a big one. A Kurdish activist who had recently met with Erdogan wa sentenced to a prison term of ten years for a speech she gave in 2007 to commemorate the Kurdish New Year. Apparently the activist, Leyla Zana, committed a heinous offense; she uttered a few nice words about the imprisoned Abdullah Ocalan. It seems that in Turkey if you lead an organization like Hamas that is partial to blowing up Jews, the Government thinks you’re a hero. If, on the other hand you lead an organization like the PKK that targets Turkish military targets, you’re a monster.

    What was the statute that M’s Zana violated? She spoke in laudatory terms about Ocalan which the Turkish Parliament has specifically outlawed.

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