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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Do You Know Your P's And Q's? Q's And W's May Get You a Fine

CNN is reporting:

"A Turkish court has fined 20 people for using the letters Q and W on placards at a Kurdish new year celebration, under a law that bans use of characters not in the Turkish alphabet, rights campaigners said."

There has been a long history of clashes with the Kurds in Turkey. Now, an old law is being used as a new tool, to stem a conflict that has claimed the lives of 30,000 kurds. Censorship can take many forms, today in the United States book censorship has been the most flagrant. See this report by DL Ennis. But you have to think that things have really gone south, when using letters of the alphabet can get you a fine of about 70 dollars.

The Turkish government just do not want you to know your Q"s and W's. Its not in their alphabet and they just won't tolerate it. I guess, if you go to Turkey, you should refrain from letting them know that you know your P's and Q's also.


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