Sunday, 10 July 2011
Around fifty members of a Turkish internet forum have been arrested for insulting the desert bandit who founded the Islamic religion, the so-called prophet Mohammed.

A discussion about Mohammed developed on the popular Turkish internet forum, Ekşi Sözlük, which has about 30,000 registered users who post anonymously on the site, using pseudonyms. Someone who viewed the discussion objected to something that was said about Mohammed and reported the matter to the police. Astonishingly, the police then raided the home of the forum operator and arrested him. When they demanded that he hand over the IP addresses of the forum participants he did so, as to do otherwise would have been a criminal offence.

The police then arrested about fifty of the forum members and charged them with insulting religion.

Source: Deutsch-Tuerkische Nachrichten

Via: Kybeline


Johnny Rottenborough said...

How long before it happens here? Eight years ago, the Council of Europe came up with its Additional protocol to the convention on cybercrime, concerning the criminalisation of acts of a racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems, and the European Union seized on the idea for its Framework decision on combating racism and xenophobia which criminalizes hatred on the basis of (among other things) religion.

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