Thursday, December 29, 2005
Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul told media this week that his country's law criminalizing speech that insults the nation has damaged its image and it may eventually be amended, although not before the current trial of novelist Orhan Pamuk for insulting Turkey by saying it carried out genocide of Armenians in the last century reaches a conclusion. Gul indicated that another complication may be comments made by European Parliament member Joost Lagendijk, who while observing Pamuk's trial, also made some remarks about Turkey's military and its behavior toward Kurdish rebels. Turkish prosecutors are now deciding whether to charge Lagendijk with the same offense as Pamuk. Read more here.