News in Turkish here.
Writer Emrah Serbes has been acquitted on charges of insulting the prime minister by using the pun ?Recop Tazyik Erdoğan.?
Prime Minister Erdogan has raised hackles again with a recent speech in which he denounced male and female university students living cheek to jowl (and implying proximity of other body parts) in university dormitories. He followed up by denouncing unmarried men and women shacking up together off-campus as well. Disgusting. The laws should be changed to no longer allow this, he continued. ?This? is ill-defined and seems to preclude massive intrusions into citizens? personal lives. Will this make Turkey a state effectively operating on the basis of religious law, which injects community norms into the most intimate spheres, rather than a country governed by law rooted in individual rights that protects the personal sphere? Judging by the uproar, many seem to think so.