July 28, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 28, 2006, a Turkish court dismissed a lawsuit seeking compensation from novelist Orhan Pamuk, who was sued by six nationalists after he made allegedly unfavorable remarks to a Swiss magazine about Turkey's stance on the mass killing of Armenians during World War II. The lawsuit demanded ...[read more]
April 15, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Istanbul 19th criminal court convicted well-known Turkish pianist Fazil Say on Monday for insulting Islam and inciting hatred. Say was given a suspended 10-month sentence. The controversial case focused on several comments Say made through Twitter. Say's lawyers contend that Say did not ...[read more]
July 28, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On July 28, 2006, a Turkish court dismissed a lawsuit seeking compensation from novelist Orhan Pamuk, who was sued by six nationalists after he made allegedly unfavorable remarks to a Swiss magazine about Turkey's stance on the mass killing of Armenians during World War II. The lawsuit demanded ...[read more]
June 4, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On June 4, 2010, Turkey's Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TIB) indefinitely restricted several Google services, including Google Docs and Google Translate, due to "legal reasons." The decision came two years after Turkey's government implemented a ban on the popular video-sharing ...[read more]
September 14, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 14, 2010, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Turkey had failed to protect the life of well-known Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, failed to adequately investigate his murder and infringed on his right of freedom of expression. Dink, former editor of the ...[read more]
May 8, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina
Turkish President Abdullah Gul Wednesday signed an amendment into law restricting the controversial Article 301 of the country's penal code, which makes insulting the Turkish identity a crime. The amendment recharacterizes the crime of insulting the Turkish identity as i... ...[read more]
April 30, 2008
by Katerina Ossenova
The Grand National Assembly of Turkey voted Wednesday in favor of restricting the controversial Article 301 of the country's penal code, which makes insulting the Turkish identity a crime. Lawmakers voted 250-65 in favor of amending Article 301 by reducing the minimum sentence for d... ...[read more]
April 11, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski
Turkey must speed up political and social reforms to meet the criteria for accession into the European Union, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a speech before the Turkish parliament Thursday. Barroso applauded recent efforts to reform the controversial Article 301 of the ...[read more]
April 7, 2008
by Alexis Unkovic
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Monday submitted to parliament a proposed amendment to the controversial Article 301 of Turkey's penal code, which makes insulting the Turkish identity a crime. The amendment was promised last fall after critical comments from... ...[read more]
January 28, 2008
by Michael Sung
A Turkish court on Monday sentenced political science professor Atilla Yayla Monday for insulting the legacy of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. Yayla was charged last March after suggesting in a November 2006 speech that Ataturk's regime from 1925 to 1945 was not as... ...[read more]

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