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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Gulf Times Newspaper - Intellectuals urge Turkey to broaden freedom of speech

"Intellectuals urge Turkey to broaden freedom of speech
Published: Thursday, 29 December, 2005, 09:19 AM Doha Time
ISTANBUL: Dozens of leading Turkish writers, artists, journalists and academics urged the government on Monday to scrap laws limiting freedom of speech that have led to court cases against prominent figures, including Turkey’s best-known novelist Orhan Pamuk.
The declaration, signed by 169 intellectuals, said that Pamuk’s trial, seen by the European Union as a test for Turkey’s respect for freedom of expression, was “a grave interference in our country’s democratisation process”, Anatolia news agency reported."

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