ARTICLE 301 OF THE TURKISH CRIMINAL CODE, PRESS RIGHTS & INTERNET

The Turkish Article 301 of the Criminal Code has been used in numerous cases against writers and journalists. It is titled “on insulting being a Turk, the Republic, the organs and institutions of the State.” The law has drawn a great deal of interest and criticism since it was passed on June 1, 2005. In fact, a lack of free speech is one of the core reasons that the EU has blocked Turkish succession to the treaty.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What does Article 301 state?
What was the Pamuk Case About, How did it End?
How does the Law Impact Turkey's EU Entrance?
Are Bloggers and Online Writers Affected by Article 301?
Will Article 301 be Changed?

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