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    Turk minister rules out further amendment to 301

    Hurriyet English with wires
    22.05.2008 - 16:10 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkey's ruling AKP did not have a plan to rescind the controversial Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), the Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin said on Thursday, the Anatolian Agency reported.

    "There are similar rules in many European countries. The European Parliament calls us to revoke the Article 301, but it should first look at the rules in the EU-member countries. We have already enacted an amendment to the Article to resolve problems stemming from freedom of expression. We do not have a plan to rescind the Article 301 of the TCK," Mehmet Ali Sahin told reporters. 

    The European Parliament said in its latest progress report on Turkey, adopted on Wednesday by a large majority, changes made in the controversial Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code were not enough and urged the Turkish parliament to revise the article and completely remove other restrictive stipulations.

    According to Article 301, those who insult the Turkish nation, state, parliament, legal bodies, government, military or police openly shall be sentenced to prison terms of up to 2 years. Explaining views aiming at criticism will not be a crime.

    Under an amendment passed by the Turkish parliament on April 30, 2008, the term "Turkishness" in the article is replaced by the "Turkish nation," and the term "Republic" is replaced with "State of the Republic of Turkey."

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