Banned books and other forms of censorship

On the banning of books, censorship and other freedom of access issues

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Turkey protests anti-genocide resolution

The Turkish government has protested a proposed resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that would condemn as genocide the mass killing of around 1.5 million Armenians from 1915-1917. Turkey denies that these deaths constitute genocide.

Its foreign minister Abdullah Gul met with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and other top U.S. officials on Feb. 6. He warned that the resolution's passage would be a "real threat to our relationship," and hamper cooperation on Iraq and other issues. U.S. officials have said they would oppose the resolution, according to the Associated Press.

Turkey has been in the news over the last year because of its unwillingness to revoke Article 301 of its penal code, which makes it a crime to insult "Turkishness". This law has been used to prosecute those who write about the mass killings of Armenians, even writing a novel in the case of Elif Shafak, although she was acquitted.

My original source for this story was an entry by Kate Heneroty in Jurist Legal News & Research.

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