[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official website; BBC profile]
The European Union has urged that Article 301 be abolished [JURIST report] because it infringes upon the freedom of expression. Despite revising portions of the penal code last year, Turkish leaders say they have no immediate plans to make further changes to the law [JURIST reports]. Turkish novelists Elif Shafak, Hrant Dink and Orhan Pamuk [JURIST news archive] have all been charged under Article 301 for discussing the alleged Armenian genocide. Shafak was acquitted and Pamuk's charges were dismissed [JURIST reports], while Dink faces a retrial [JURIST report].