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Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, on his way yesterday to Paris to participate in a conference on Lebanon, told reporters that there are "certain problems with article 301." The controversial article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code is the one which was used by nationalist lawyers to bring recently slain journalist Hrant Dink to court on charges of "insulting Turkey."
It has also been used in cases against renowned Turkish authors Orhan Pamuk and Elif Safak. Gul said yesterday at Ankara's Esenboga Airport, "With its current state, there are certain problems with article 301. We see now that there are changes which must be made to this law."