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Freedom of expression at risk: writers on trial in Turkey - Trial observation report
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NameFreedom of expression at risk: writers on trial in Turkey - Trial observation report

This report provides the findings of a trial observation mission to Turkey to observe the trials of two prominent intellectuals. The first, writer and publisher Ragip Zarakolu, is currently facing prosecution for 'inciting hatred on the grounds of social class, race, religion, sect or region' for an article he wrote expressing the right of Kurdish people to self-determination. The second concerns the renowned writer Fikret Baskaya, charged with publishing two articles alleged to 'insult the Republic or. the judicial organs, military or security institutions'. Both have previously served terms of imprisonment for part articles they have written or published.

The report highlights elements of the proceedings against the writers which potentially breach international fair trial standards. It also examines the obstacles faced by writers, journalists, authors, publishers and artists in Turkey when trying to exercise their right to freedom of expression. The mission concludes that these obstacles are continuing, in spite of the pro-EU reforms recently enacted into domestic legislature.


Copies of this report are available from the KHRP for £ 10.00 (+ P&P)
FilenameFreedom of expression at risk - writers on trial in Turkey 2005.pdf
Filesize1.12 MB
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Created On: 06/01/2005 00:00
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