Cabinet discusses amending articles restricting freedom of press

Turkey’s Cabinet convened Nov. 22 to discuss how to amend Articles 285 and 288 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), which are seen as the major obstacle before freedom of the press and as the main reason for investigations and criminal cases being launched against journalists. The amendments are included in a proposed piece of legislation drafted by the Ministry of Justice that seeks to prevent future investigations and criminal cases against journalists over their articles. The bill is set to be forwarded to Parliament for debate and is expected to be passed before the new year.

The EU’s progress report on Turkey’s accession bid reserved its hardest criticism for judicial action aimed at media freedoms.

Source: Today’s Zaman

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