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    Journalists march in Istanbul

    Hürriyet Haber
    23 Mart 2005 - 00:00Son Güncelleme : 23 Mart 2005 - 00:01

    Over 150 Turkish journalists marched to Istanbul's Supreme court, in handcuffs and gags, protesting the new Turkish Penal Code (TCK), yesterday. The new TCK, which is thought to have ambiguous wording set to limit freedom of expression within the Turkish press, will come into affect April 1. Concerns were first raised by the Turkish Journalists Association (TGC) Chairman Orhan Erinc, who said some parts of the new TCK were particularly worrying with regards to the media. According to Erinc, the new penal code will reintroduce prison sentences instead of fines for publishing material deemed obscene. Journalists protesting called for a delay in the application of the new penal code, calling for at least a six-month delay, so that 20 articles could be rewritten with regards to the media. Many fear that the new penal code will put many journalists in prison, reversing the present developments within Turkey and all that is being done on the issue of human rights reforms. It was only last month that the prime minister sued a cartoonist over a cartoon that was published in a daily newspaper. The cartoon in question poked fun at the prime minster. 
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