Freedom of expression in Turkey

December 7, 2006

From an editorial in the International Herald Tribune (link via Cato-at-Liberty):

But Turkish journalists, cartoonists, writers and academics face more than just state ideology and trial by media. Law 5816 prohibits publicly "insulting Ataturk’s memory." Just to be sure, Article 301 of the penal code stipulates prison for "public denigration of Turkishness, the Republic or the Grand National Assembly of Turkey" or "the Government of the Republic of Turkey, the judicial institutions of the State, the military or security structures."

If this policy is what has arisen from Ataturk’s memory, then I think it deserves to be insulted. Guess I won’t be heading to Turkey anytime soon…

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