Turkish-Armenian blogger sentenced to Turkish prison for blasphemy

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A Turkish-Armenian blogger vowed to appeal a day after an Istanbul court sentenced him to more than a year in prison for blasphemy.


In a phone interview with CNN, Sevan Nisanyan accused Turkey's Islamic-rooted government of politically persecuting him.

"When I attacked the Islamist establishment they felt I overstepped my boundaries," said Nisanyan, who is a member of Turkey's tiny Armenian ethnic minority. "Here I am an Armenian doing something no Armenian has done in a Muslim country. This is really the height of boldness, of impudence. This is something you are not supposed to do."

According to Turkey's semi-official Anatolian Agency, Nisanyan received a one year and 45-day jail sentence for "openly denigrating the religious values held by a certain portion of the population."

Anatolian reported that Nisanyan's initial nine-month jail sentence was extended because "the crime was committed through the press."

Written By: Ivan Watson and Gul Tuysuz
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  1. Isn’t islam a shitty dogma – hair trigger hypersensitivity, bigotry, hypocritical, discriminatory, murderous, pernicious and deeply deeply hateful. Just take a look at any civilised rational unbiased news website and just see the problems, atrocities, hatred, nastiness and criminality that islam and muslims are spreading all over the world. Of all the religions islam is by a huge margin the very very worst.

    • In reply to #1 by Pi:

      Isn’t islam a shitty dogma – hair trigger hypersensitivity, bigotry, hypocritical, discriminatory, murderous, pernicious and deeply deeply hateful. Just take a look at any civilised rational unbiased news website and just see the problems, atrocities, hatred, nastiness and criminality that islam and…

      it’s not that islam is a shitty dogma, all, if not most, religions are shitty dogmas. christianity’s shitty dogma hell sway in more or less the same way up to about 500 years ago. islam, whilst i’d prefer it disappeared off the face of the earth, is still in the dark ages, ruling over people who do no yet see that reform is needed from within – the sorts of secular developments which drag religion behind them in their enlightened wake.

  2. Another suicidal move for Turkey’s hopes of joining the European Union. Where freedom of speech is pretty much OK.

    I concede Ireland, bizarrely, introduced a blasphemy law in a drunken stupor in 2009, but am not aware that anyone has ever tried to use it. Every political party in Ireland wants to repeal it. The Justice minister in 2009, Dermot Ahern, inserted it as an amendment into an otherwise unrelated Defamation Bill at Committee Stage (i.e. not in Parliament) and nobody noticed until it was too late.

    Dermot Ahern has been criticised several times for his staunch Catholicism influencing his job, notably on homosexuality. The Atheist Ireland group responded to the new defamation law by forming the Church of Dermotology.

    • I concede Ireland, bizarrely, introduced a blasphemy law in a drunken stupor in 2009, but am not aware that anyone has ever tried to use it. Every political party in Ireland wants to…

      If anyone was to be sentenced to jail time or heavily fined in Ireland for blasphemy,there would be serious uproar from the public.I think judges would find it hard to do it even if they wanted to.And,I think atheist Ireland have been trying to see how far they can provoke them in regards to this,with no avail…It’s a joke law,and will probably be put to sleep eventually

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