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February 1, 2012 11:06 am

Turkey Angered by American Jewish Journalist, Calls Him Ignorant

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Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: wiki commons.

Haaretz – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan branded acclaimed novelist Paul Auster as ignorant on Tuesday for refusing to visit Turkey in protest at the jailing of journalists, accusing the American Jewish writer of double-standards for visiting Israel.

Though a foreign novelist made an easy target, there is rising unease over press freedom under Erdogan among Turkish liberals, many of whom had supported his mission to strengthen democracy and tame Turkey’s coup-making generals.

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