Turkish PM hears suggestions on reforming state slander penal code provision Caitlin Price at 11:37 AM ET
[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan [official website; BBC profile] met Sunday with representatives of nearly a dozen non-governmental organizations to discuss possible reforms to the controversial Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder] of Turkey's penal code, which criminalizes the denigration of Turkishness, the Republic, and the foundation and institutions of the Turkish State. Members of organizations including the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges [TOBB] [trade website, in Turkish] presented Erdogan with a 10-page document of suggested changes to the article aimed at increasing its international acceptance. Zaman Daily has more. The meeting occurred in anticipation of the November 8 release of the latest Turkey Progress Report by the European Commission [official website; 2005 report, PDF], slated to review progress in Turkey's current bid for EU membership [JURIST report]. Last week media outlets reported that an early draft of the document raised serious doubts [JURIST report] about Turkey's candidacy.
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