World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said on Tuesday that punishment for expressing or writing one’s thoughts has already become something of the past in Turkey.
Speaking in a joint press conference with Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, Justice Minister Ergin stated that the applications by Turkish citizens to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have decreased by 25 percent since Turkey has granted the right of individual application to the constitutional court, and the Ministry of Justice has found human rights office.
Minister of Justice also underlined that the rumors about the journalists in jail do not reflect the reality and they have released all journalists in jail who had been jailed for their writings within the context of the 3rd Judicial Reform package. When it comes to the journalist in jail at the moment, Ergin said that none of them are there for their writings or thoughts but they are there for their interactions with crime organizations.
“Expressing one’s idea is not a crime in Turkey. We have opened the way for freedom of expression through amendments in Turkish Counter-Terrorism Law and Turkish Penal Code with the 4th Judicial Reform Package we introduced in April,” said Ergin.
Thorbjorn Jagland, speaking in the press conference, said that he had been informed by Turkish Minister of Justice about the judicial reforms in Turkey.
Jagland verifying Ergin about the decrease in number of the applications from Turkey to ECHR said that many issues can be resolved within the country thanks to the measures taken by the Turkish government. Turkey recorded a significant development in judicial reforms, said Jagland.