Name: Insulting Turkish Identity;A Criminal Offense

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumPrint Journalism

Artist: Ahmet Kahraman writer for the Özgür Gündem.

Confronting Bodies: The public prosecutor in Beyoglu (Istanbul).

Date of Action: 13 October 2002.

Specific Location: Beyoglu (Istanbul).

Description of Artwork: An article was published in a local Istanbul paper. The contents of the artilce were not disclosed by the Turkey Human Rights Foundation.

Description of Incident: The public prosecutor in Beyoglu (Istanbul) indicted journalist Ahmet Kahraman in connection with an article published in the journal Özgür Gündem on 13 October 2002. Kahraman will be charged under Article 159 TPC with insulting Turkish identity. The trial will commence at the Beyoglu Penal Court of First Instance No.2.

Results of Incident: unknown

Source: Turkey Human Rights Foundation

Submitted By: Peter Silverman NCAC

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