Tweeting Turkish pianist given suspended sentence for blasphemy

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Turkish classical pianist Say performs during a concert in AnkaraBy Can Sezer and Ece Toksabay ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A world-renowned concert pianist was given a suspended jail sentence in Turkey on Monday for insulting religious values on Twitter, a case which has become a cause celebre for Turks alarmed about creeping Islamic conservatism. Fazil Say, also a leading composer, went on trial in October for blasphemy – a crime that can carry an 18-month sentence – for a series of tweets including one citing a 1,000-year-old poem. … USA, LLC