Turkish Pianist Fazil Say Sentenced for Insulting Islam

A Turkish court convicted Fazil Say, the classical pianist and composer, on charges of inciting hatred and insulting Islam on Twitter.

The Istanbul 19th criminal court handed Say, one of Turkey’s most internationally renowned artists, a suspended sentence of 10 months in prison today, according to his lawyer, Meltem Akyol. Say, 43, has played piano with the New York Philharmonic and Berlin Symphony orchestras.

The court said Say would be allowed to go free, and would be subject to the prison time should he commit a similar crime within five years, Akyol said.