Turkish Deputy PM says some jailed journalists can get out of jail

Deputy PM Bulent Arinc said "If a person makes propaganda and as long as it doesn't steer masses to weapons and violence, it will no longer be considered as a crime."

Turkish Deputy PM says some jailed journalists can get out of jail

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc on Wednesday said, "A draft legislation is about to be brought to the parliament these days. We are hoping to announce at the Council of Ministers meeting on Monday that even if a person makes and propaganda as long as it doesn't steer masses to weapons and violence, it will no longer be considered as a crime."

Arinc made a speech at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin and responded to the questions of journalists.

Stating that they would amend propaganda elements that constitute a crime as in "Britain, Germany, Spain and USA" Arinc said, "A law is about to be brought to the agenda these days. We are hoping to announce at the Council of Ministers meeting on Monday that even if a person makes propaganda and as long as it doesn't steer masses to weapons and violence, it will no longer be considered as a crime. I belive journalists who are in prison due to violating this article of the law will benefit from this amendment."

"Our concern is over journalists who are in the scope of the Anti-Terror Law and are on trial or in prison. There are many illegal organizations in Turkey. There are bombings and protests against women, children and soldiers every day. Turkey has to implement this law as a state who has suffered deeply from terror. If you are favoring the idea that there should be no Anti-Terror Law or these protests shouldn't be considered as crimes, I'm afraid we don't share the same opinion. If Turkey is a country suffering from terror and many are losing their lives due to terror, we have to implement the Anti-Terror Law," Arinc added.

Arinc also touched on the peace talks and said that people should always be allowed to talk about their etnicity and live their cultural identity and emphasized that they established Kurdish and Arabic channels on national television and broadcasted in 29 languages on the radio.

Last Mod: 08 Mart 2013, 09:20
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