Turkey: pianist Fazil Say trial for 'insulting Islam' begins

Artists demonstrate in support of world-famous pianist

17 October, 20:11

(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, OCTOBER 17 - Turkish artists have taken up the gauntlet for pianist Fazil Say, whose trial on charges of ''publicly insulting religious values'' in Twitter messages is scheduled to begin on Friday in Istanbul.

Dozens of Turkish artists on Tuesday gathered on Tuesday in front of Istanbul's Nazim Hikment cultural center in support of Say 42, an internationally renowned pianist and declared atheist, who faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted. Gulsin Onay, Tarik Akan, Genko Erkal, Murat Beser, and Cahit Berhay were among those demonstrating their support of Say, who at the time of his indictment in May said he might go into exile, perhaps to Japan. (ANSAmed).

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