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Professional Commentary
2 Apr 2011

Reporters Without Borders seconds the United Nations' call on the Turkish government to "guarantee freedom of opinion and expression," as the imprisonment and punishment of journalists on charges of challenging and acting to 'overthrow government via conspiracy' are ridiculous and unacceptable. In accordance with the UN, Reporters Without Borders believes … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The Grand National Assembly of Turkey [official website, in Turkish] voted Wednesday in favor of restricting the controversial Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of the country's penal code [text, in Turkish], which makes "insulting the Turkish identity" a crime. Lawmakers voted 250-65 in favor of amending Article … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Turkish Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin said Tuesday that a new bill to reform a controversial law [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that criminalizes insults to Turkish identity will go before the Turkish parliament soon. He did not say how exactly the bill would alter the law. Critics contend … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Oct 2007

Aram Suren Hamparian [Executive Director,Armenian National Committee of America]: "The adoption of the Armenian genocide resolution would represent a meaningful step toward reclaiming our right - as Americans - to speak openly and honestly about the first genocide of the 20th Century, free from the gag-rule that Turkey has, for … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] New Turkish President Abdullah Gul [BBC profile] Wednesday proposed [speech text] amending a law that makes it a crime to insult Turkish national identity. Gul said at a Council of Europe [official website] meeting in Strasbourg that the law had hindered Turkey's attempts to join the EU, and that … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul [official website, English version] has called for change to the controversial Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of Turkey's penal code, which makes "insulting the Turkish identity" a crime. Gul, who last December conceded that the law could be changed if necessary [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Turkish-Armenian author Hrant Dink, journalist and editor of the newspaper Agos [media website, English version], was shot and killed Friday in Istanbul. Dink was one of several writers to have been charged recently with "insulting the Turkish identity" in violation of Article 301 [JURIST news archive; Amnesty International backgrounder] … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Turkish writer Ipek Calislar was found not guilty Tuesday of "insulting the Turkish identity" in violation of Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder] of the country's penal code. Calislar went on trial [JURIST report] in October for writing that the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, once left his palace … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2006
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Two Turkish Christians have gone on trial for their alleged "public denigration of the Turkish identity." Hakan Tastan, 37, and Turan Topal, 46, allegedly made insults against Turkey while attempting to convert other Turks to Christianity. The two defendants are being charged under Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder] of Turkey's … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2006
by Lisl Brunner

[JURIST] Turkey's bid for EU membership [EC materials] still faces significant obstacles, including the slowing of reforms and laws inhibiting freedom of speech, according to report [PDF text] released by the European Commission Wednesday. EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn [official profile] highlighted Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder] of Turkey's Penal Code, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2006
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website; BBC profile] met Sunday with representatives of nearly a dozen non-governmental organizations to discuss possible reforms to the controversial Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder] of Turkey's penal code, which criminalizes the denigration of Turkishness, the Republic, and the foundation and institutions of … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Turkey's bid for European Union membership could be further damaged by an unreleased report on the country's human rights record, a draft version of which was obtained by the Independent. The report condemns Turkey's refusal to compromise on free speech issues or to allow ships from Cyprus to dock … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website; BBC profile] has said that his government has no plans to abolish Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder] of the country's penal code, despite warnings [JURIST report] from the European Union [official website] that it infringes upon the freedom of expression. Turkey already … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2006
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The European Union (EU) [official website] Friday condemned passage of a French bill [text, in French] making it a crime punishable by imprisonment to deny that the mass killing of Armenians in Turkey [ANI backgrounder] during World War I was genocide. The bill passed France’s lower house [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Turkey's most prominent writer, Orhan Pamuk [JURIST news archive], won the Nobel Prize in Literature [recorded audio; press release] Thursday for his work examining the role of Islam in society. Pamuk, a visiting professor at Columbia University, said he was honored to win the prize. His critics claimed Pamuk … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Another Turkish author went on trial Thursday on charges [AP report] that he "insulted the Turkish identity" in violation of Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder] of the country's penal code. Ipek Calislar wrote that the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, once left his palace disguised as a woman … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] A judge in Turkey [JURIST news archive] Thursday acquitted Turkish novelist Elif Shafak [personal website] on charges that she "insulted the Turkish identity" in violation of Article 301 [Amnesty International backgrounder] of the country's penal code, for comments referring to an Armenian genocide [Wikipedia backgrounder] contained in one of … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The Turkish parliament, the Grand National Assembly [official website], is scheduled to meet Tuesday, two weeks earlier than usual, to work on passing reform measures aimed at gaining membership to the European Union [JURIST news archive]. The EU has cautioned [JURIST report] Turkey that its EU bid [EU backgrounder] … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jul 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit seeking compensation from novelist Orhan Pamuk [TIME profile; JURIST news archive], who was sued by six nationalists after he made allegedly unfavorable remarks to a Swiss magazine about Turkey's stance on the mass killing of Armenians during World War II. The … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jul 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Turkish author and journalist Perihan Magden [profile] was acquitted Thursday for defending an objector who was sentenced to four years in prison for refusing to wear his military uniform. The law in Turkey [JURIST news archive] requires any man over 20 years old to serve in the military for … [read more]

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