Turkish Intelligentsia Protests against Freedom of Speech Limitations

PanARMENIAN.Net - December 26 several tens of Turkish writers, actors, journalists and scholars urged Turkish authorities to stop limiting freedom of speech that resulted in a trial of well-known writer and publicist Orhan Pamuk. The declaration signed by 169 intelligentsia representatives notes the EU considers the trial of O. Pamuk as an indicator of Turkey's commitment to freedom of speech and is «a mortal blow over democratization processes in Turkey.» The declaration was also signed by the Agos Istanbul newspaper editor-in-chief Hrant Dink, who was conditionally sentenced for criticizing article 301 of the new Turkish Criminal Code. According to the sentence, «the ethnic Armenian journalist will not be imprisoned, if he does not repeat what he has done.» It should be reminded that O. Pamuk is accused of «abasing the Turkish People and the Turkish Republic.» In an interview with a Swiss newspaper in February 2005 O. Pamuk stated 30 thousand Kurds and 1 million Armenians were killed in Turkey. The trial on Pamuk's case was postponed from December 16, 2005 to February 7, 2006.
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