I don’t normally deal with politics on this blog. I stick to competencies and software. This morning, though, I read news which will affect the UK and EU skills base, and I can’t avoid it just because it is political.
A Turkish publisher, Ragip Zarakolu, was sentenced to five months in prison after a judge ruled that The Truth Will Set Us Free, written by George Jerjian, “insulted the Turkish republic”. The sentence was under Article 301, revised in April.
As the Guardian puts it:
The altered law banished the crime of insulting “Turkishness” and reduced the maximum sentence from three to two years. It also lay down that all prosecutions need prior approval from the justice minister.
What does all this have to do with UK and EU skills?
As it happens, quite a lot.