Turkish Parliamentary Commission Adopts Amendment To Free Speech Law

ANKARA - Turkish Parliament's EU Adjustment Commission adopted on Wednesday a bill to make amendments to articles 301 and 305 of Turkey's penal code.

Article 301 of the Turkish penal code criminalizes insulting "Turkishness". Under the amendments proposed by the government, the term "Turkishness" will be replaced by the "Turkish nation."

The bill requires prosecutors to receive a green light from the Turkish President before they could press any charges under the law and lowers the upper limit of jail sentence from three to two years, opening the way for the suspension of the jail term of those convicted under Article 301.

The bill will be debated at Justice Commission on Friday.


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