The office of the Ankara Public Prosecutor launched Friday an investigation into an Internet campaign to issue a public apology to Armenians.
Six prosecutors submitted a petition calling for a penalty for the organizers of the apology campaign for "insulting the Turkish nation openly" under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK).
Around 200 Turkish academics, writers and journalists launched a website issuing an apology to Armenians regarding the 1915 incidents and called for people to sign on in support.
The efforts of the intellectuals drew fierce reaction in
Opening a file in the Article 301, a law that makes insulting Turkishness a crime, requires the permission of the Justice Ministry.
Armenia, with the backing of the diaspora, claims up to 1.5 million of their kin were slaughtered in orchestrated killings in 1915.Turkey rejects the claims saying that 300,000 Armenians, along with at least as many Turks, died in civil strife that emerged when Armenians took up arms, backed by Russia, for independence in eastern Anatolia.
The issue remains unsolved as