Fazil Say, a prominent Turkish pianist and composer, will face a blasphemy trial in Turkey for insulting Islam. Mr. Say’s alleged crime occurred via the medium of Twitter, where he is said to have tweeted jokes about Islam and Muslims.
In other news, riots are engulfing parts of Tanzania, in particular Dar es Salaam and the island of Zanzibar. The trouble began over rumors that a 14-year-old Christian boy had urinated on a copy of the Koran. Angry Muslims took the streets and began torching churches, demanding that the blasphemous boy be beheaded. A firebrand Muslim cleric was then arrested for allegedly inciting some of the violence, whereupon new riots commenced in response. At least seven churches have been attacked.
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