Changes to Article 301 approved in Turkish parliamentary committee

Amendments to one of the most controversial laws on the Turkish statute books have been approved by a parliamentary commission.

Changes to Article 301 approved in Turkish parliamentary committee
Amendments to one of the most controversial laws on the Turkish statute books have been approved by a parliamentary commission, NTV reported.

Late on Wednesday, the parliament's European Union Adjustment Commission, which is tasked with bringing Turkey's laws and regulations into line with those of the EU, adopted a bill to make amendments to article 301 of the penal code.

In its present form, article 301 makes it a crime to insult "Turkishness" or Turkish identity.

Under the amendments proposed by the government, the term Turkishness will be replaced by the words "the Turkish nation".

Critics of the law say it has been used to stifle freedom of speech.

The government has also proposed that prosecutors must be given approval from the president before they can lay charges under article 301. The maximum penalty for those found guilty under the law will also be lowered from three years imprisonment to two years, opening the way for the suspension of the gaol term of those convicted under Article 301.

The parliamentary Justice Commission is to debate the proposed amendments on Friday.

Last Mod: 17 Nisan 2008, 16:51
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