Sunday, August 10, 2008

Another Potential 301 Trial

From Today's Zaman:
A prosecution case file concerning an article penned by lawyer and human rights activist Orhan Kemal Cengiz has been sitting on Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Şahin's desk since late April.

The article subject to prosecution is titled "Time to question the role of the military!" and was published March 5 in an English-language newspaper. Only 14 days after the article was published, the Gendarmerie Command in Ankara filed a complaint addressed to the chief prosecutor in İzmir. Cengiz's official residence is still there, though he has been working and living in Ankara since autumn 2006.

In his letter of complaint, a copy of which was obtained by Today's Zaman, military judge and judicial councilor Gazi Koçer wrote, "Press freedom … doesn't give anybody the right to attack state institutions' honor and dignity. This situation necessitates the limitation of press freedom within specific limits and obliges that the report be rooted in reality." The document has the official stamp with the word "classified."
Here is a link to the column that Gazi Koçer thinks constitutes a crimes.

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