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Two Turkish journalists jailed over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Two Turkish journalists jailed over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Turkish journalists Hikmet Cetinkaya, left, and Ceyda Karan, are to appeal two-year jail sentences imposed on them yesterday for fomenting ‘hatred and enmity in the people via means of the press’ by republishing cartoons of the ‘prophet’ Mohammed from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. According to this report, the cartoons in Cumhuriyet, an opposition […]

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Erdogan is not amused

Erdogan is not amused

Free thought is not just thought itself in the narrow sense – it has many components, such as free inquiry, free exploration, free speculation, free discussion, and so on. One important part of free thought is free joking. Laugh if you like, but I’m serious. An idea or institution or ruler we’re forbidden to joke […]

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Superstitions Ancient and Modern

Superstitions Ancient and Modern

I was surprised to read in a recent issue of the Freethinker that its founder pledged to ‘wage war against Superstition in general’. I had assumed that it was only concerned with the “Christian Superstition” and its contents had not led me to think otherwise. Recently I gave a talk with the above title and […]