Thursday, June 19, 2008

No freedom of speech in Turkey II

Earlier today, I blogged about how there was no freedom of speech in Turkey, citing the case of Bulent Ersoy, a singer currently being prosecuted for questioning whether the Turkish government's war against the Kurdish people was really worth it. But now Turkey's authoritarian militarists have topped even that: they've charged an entire children's choir with "spreading propaganda" for the banned PKK. Their "crime"? They sang in Kurdish while overseas. And for that, they could get up to five years in jail. It would be farcical, if wasn't so obscene, and it is no wonder the Kurds want to be independent from a country which regards any expression of their culture as treason.