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EU welcomes dropping of Turkish charges against novelist

[JURIST] A European Union [official website] spokesman said Monday that Turkey's action in dropping charges [JURIST report] against novelist Orhan Pamuk [TIME profile; JURIST news archive] for "insulting Turkishness" was "good news". EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn [official profile] cautioned, however, that other "journalists, editors, writers and academics still face similar charges" in Turkey, and said that the country's lawmakers needed to revise Turkey's penal code to further protect freedom of expression. Turkey is under pressure to make a wide variety of legal and social changes [JURIST report] before it will be accepted into the 25-nation European grouping. Expatica has more.

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