A Turkish court this morning convicted Fazil Say of blasphemy and handed down a 10-month suspended jail sentence. The case arose from a message he retweeted. Fazil was accused of suggesting that a muezzin’s call to prayer was cut short so that he could get back to his bottle and his girlfriend.
The verdict will provoke outrage in those parts of the world where free speech is valued and will serve to aggravate Turkey’s isolation. It puts paid, for the foreseeable future, to any progress in Turkey’s chances of joining the European Union.
There will be peaceful protests, of that we can be sure.