Arinc: No privilege for journalists to commit crime

Turkish Deputy PM Arinc says Turkish judiciary operates in accordance with the international law.

Arinc: No privilege for journalists to commit crime

World Bulletin/News Desk

Journalists have no privilege to commit a crime and we have to trust the judiciary, Turkish Deputy PM Arinc said to Turkish State TV TRT Turk in Belgrade.

Turkish Deputy PM Bulent Arinc said in an interview with Turkish State TV TRT Turk that Turkey has independent judiciary and prosecution of some Turkish journalists is about alleged crimes, not their profession.  “A person cannot be granted impunity for the crimes they committed on the basis of their journalist identity,” Arinc added.

Arinc quoted Article 10 of Turkish Constitution as “Everyone is equal before the law without distinction as to language, race, colour, sex, political opinion, philosophical belief, religion and sect, or any such grounds.” 

Reminding that Turkey has an independent judiciary, the Deputy Premier noted that “Turkish judiciary operates in accordance with the international law. The suspects retain the capacity to appeal to decisions at different levels, such as at the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.”

Touching upon the hate crime issue on the internet, Arinc said those crimes stir up the clashes between communities in the world. “We already have a legislative regulation on this issue and there won’t be a new one, but something might be added to this to support its deterrence.”

Last Mod: 09 Kasım 2013, 10:08
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