...Threats shouted at Pamuk by the alleged mastermind behind that murder seem to have persuaded the author to keep a low profile for the time being.It can and it is -- all the time and to a considerable extent it's not German-, but Sharia law that rules this country. Maybe it is worth a thought whether the presence of a considerable Turkish minority in Germany, well-protected by the state from all impertinent impositions of integration, might have added to Pamuk's decision.
Pamuk is believed to be concerned about travelling following the assassination of Hrant Dink on Jan. 19. Yasin Hayal, the alleged mastermind behind that murder, declared on his way into court on Jan. 24: "Tell Orhan Pamuk to wise up!" The nationalist is accused of initiating Dink's slaying, having admitted to police that he urged the underage Ogün Samast to carry out the killing and even provided him with the weapon.
The chair of Germany's Islamic Council, Ali Kizilkaya, expressed his disappointment at Pamuk's decision. "A Nobel Prize winner who can't travel is something regrettable," he told the news agency DDP. He called on the author to visit Germany at a later date. "Freedom can't be restricted through threats," he said.