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Turkish Pianist Fazil Say on Trial for Allegedly Insulting Islam on Twitter

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Turkish pianist Fazil Say appeared in an Istanbul court Thursday to defend himself against charges he insulted Islam on Twitter.

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Say performs around the world with prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

His trial was adjourned until February 18.

Zeynep Tufekci is a visiting associate research scholar at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy.

She tells host Marco Werman Say's tweets did not seem that offensive by Turkey's standards.

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