'A court in Istanbul on Thursday acquitted Nedim Gurse, a Turkish writer who was accused of inciting religious hatred in a novel based on the birth of Islam.'
By SEBNEM ARSU
Published, New York Times, June 25, 2009
A court in Istanbul on Thursday acquitted a Turkish writer who was accused of inciting religious hatred in a novel based on the birth of Islam. Nedim Gursel’s “Daughters of Allah,” was published last year in Turkey. The case came to trial after Ali Emre Bukagili, a member of a group that has campaigned against the theory of evolution, said that Mr. Gursel used inappropriate language against the Prophet Muhammad, his wives and the Koran that could not be interpreted as freedom of expression. Mr. Gursel, who holds French citizenship, could have faced at least a year in prison. He has said such trials damage Turkey’s chances for membership in the European Union