Is there a law against criticising religion? Do they not allow free speech in Turkey?
A well… In my opinion the state of Turkey is really a bit primitive in this respect. As you could read in the original article, calling the Armenian genocide what it is, is already forbidden. (Interesting: in Switzerland it is forbidden to deny that the Armenian genocide took place… It has the same status as holocaust denial.) In Turkey, you can be prosecuted by having critisism on the grounder of the worldy state of Turkey, Atatürk. Then Turkey has problems with the Kurdish people, even wanted to invade Iraq-Kurdistan… No, Turkey is still not a European country. It is divided in itself, and cannot be honest about their past.
So even when Istanbul may be on the European continent, cultural it is not Europe.
But I hope Turkey will once be: there are so many Turks in Europe: in the Netherlands, Germany, partially also in Switzerland. And in fact they are good people.