Law change aids freedom of expression in Turkey

 

Turkey has drafted changes to its penal code, narrowing the definition of terrorist propaganda in a step to boost freedom of expression in line with EU demands. 

The bill may lead to the release of defendants accused of links to Kurdish rebels. Turkey has used anti-terror legislation to prosecute thousands of politicians, activists and journalists for things they have said or written.

The European Commission called on Ankara to amend its laws to distinguish between incitement to violence and expression of non-violent ideas.

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