Many Turkish commentators are sharply critical of the trial of celebrated novelist Orhan Pamuk, fearing that it will damage the country's image abroad and its chances of joining the European Union.
Some also lament the behaviour of nationalist demonstrators who pelted Mr Pamuk's car with eggs, and argue that Turkey must show greater commitment to free speech.
But others accuse the EU of interfering in Turkey's internal affairs.
COMMENTARY BY ALI BAYRAMOGLU IN LIBERAL, PRO-ISLAMIC YENI SAFAK
The very existence of such a case is shameful for Turkish democracy and Turkey's image... By 7 February [the date of the next hearing], the political powers must decide: Do they want an authoritarian country or an open society?
COMMENTARY BY TAHA AKYOL IN CENTRIST MILLIYET
In the Orhan Pamuk case, we have shot ourselves in the foot!
COMMENTARY BY MEHMET ALI BIRAND IN TABLOID POSTA
We are judging ourselves... Some of our prosecutors and judges are utterly incapable of adapting to the legal reforms for the Copenhagen criteria and the practices of the European Court of Human Rights... This vicious circle must be broken.
COMMENTARY BY YALCIN DOGAN IN CENTRE-RIGHT HURRIYET
How many writers are there in the world whose books have been translated into 40 languages? The real pressure on those who say, 'the EU wants to break us up, force us to accept the Armenian genocide, and put pressure on us by using Orhan Pamuk as an excuse' is the vice in their own heads.
COMMENTARY BY DERYA SAZAK IN CENTRIST MILLIYET
With the extreme nationalist reaction, the limits on the right to demonstrate are being ignored and 'the lynching culture' promoted. Attacks with stones and eggs on the car that brought Mr Pamuk show the level of the violence. This case has harmed Turkey.
COMMENTARY BY MEHMET YILMAZ IN CENTRE-RIGHT HURRIYET
The debacle of a handful of louts, whose only recourse against those who espouse ideas they oppose is violence, will be a part of 'Turkey's image'.
COMMENTARY BY ISMET BERKAN IN CENTRE-LEFT RADIKAL
We must learn, adapt ourselves first and foremost to freedom of expression. Some people will freely express their thoughts and we will put up with those thoughts no matter how incongruous they are. We will not try to beat, kill or imprison those who have advanced them.
COMMENTARY BY MEHMET KAMIS IN MODERATE, PRO-ISLAMIC ZAMAN
Even though we did not like what he thinks and says, Orhan Pamuk must like everyone else be able to speak his mind freely. The real court to which he will be held to account is the public conscience. Let us leave the case to be decided there.
COMMENTARY BY ILHAN SELCUK IN SECULAR CUMHURIYET
The suit that was brought against Mr Pamuk is meaningless and unfounded; it must be ended as soon as possible. Besides, it is unfair because the shades of opinion on the Armenian genocide are gradually becoming more diverse.
COMMENTARY BY EMIN COLASAN IN CENTRE-RIGHT HURRIYET
They attended the case yesterday as the EU team; they took their places near the novelist... This is pressure on the judiciary. Let me tell you the verdict that will be given:... 'Pamuk will not be tried.' Thus, they [government members] will ensure that they are forgiven by the EU delegation.
COMMENTARY BY MELIH ASIK IN CENTRIST MILLIYET
The EU... is interfering in the internal affairs of this country impudently. A country with pride cannot endure such insults with resignation.
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