TURKISH PARLIAMENT TO DISCUSS POSSIBILITIES TO INTRODUCE CHANGES INTO 301ST ARTICLE OF TURKISH PENAL CODE
19.02.2007 16:00 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Deputy from ruling "Justice and Development" party
Faruk Celik stated that this week during Turkish Grand National
Assembly the issue of 301st article of the Turkish Penal Code will
be discussed. The parliament will discuss possibilities to introduce
some changes in the article or it will remain in its current form. In
Celik’s words, the issue of full cancellation will not be included
in the agenda. Earlier Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul stated
at the interview to Turkish Daily News that "change or cancellation
of 301st article is Turkey’s own business."
The 301st article of Turkish Penal Code limits freedom of speech and
expression and supposes criminal punishment for "insulting the Turkish
nation". Slain "Agos" bilingual Armenian-Turkish editor Hrant Dink,
Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and Elif ªafak have been prosecuted
under this article.