The Turkish author Orhan Pamuk has reportedly left his home country to live in America amid fears for his life.
The writer was tried in an Istanbul court in 2005 for the crime of insulting Turkishness. This came about after he talked openly about the mass killing of between one and two million Armenians in the early years of the twentieth century.
Talking about that event was a rather silly thing to do. It is self evident that no Turkish government would arrange for such a thing to happen. And even if a government like that of the Young Turks, who controlled the Ottoman Empire at the time, somehow did manage to get themselves implicated in the genocide, surely, by now, the democratic leaders of modern Turkey would have admitted the fact, paid reparations, and eaten humble pie?