EU welcomes Turkey free speech move, seeks more

The European Commission welcomed the Turkish parliament's amendment of a free speech law.

EU welcomes Turkey free speech move, seeks more
The European Commission welcomed the Turkish parliament's amendment of a free speech law.

But it sought more changes to ensure such prosecutions stopped.

"This amendment is of course a welcome step forward and the Commission now looks forward to further moves that change similar articles in the penal code, because this article was not the only one addressed ... in order to ensure in fact that unwarranted prosecutions stop," Commission spokesman Amadeu Altafaj Tardio said on Wednesday.

"Now the Turkish authorities need to focus on implementation of the reform to guarantee full freedom of expression for all Turkish citizens," he told a news conference.

Reuters
Last Mod: 30 Nisan 2008, 15:20
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