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The situation of freedom of expression - Turkey and the European Union
Örebro University, Department of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract

This study will shed light on the meaning of article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code and its

inconformity with fundamental principles of the European Union and fundamental human

rights. The trial of Nobel Prize winner, Mr Orhan Pamuk and the killing of Mr Hrant Dink in

January 2007 have both put focus on the notorious article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code.

The purpose of the study is to answer the main question; In what way does article 301 of the

Turkish Penal Code infringe the freedom of expression outlined in article 10 of the European

Convention on Human Rights and what should the European Union do about it?

The conclusion is that article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code infringes the right to freedom of

expression stated in article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. It does

undermine the essence of the right by invoking a wide range of self-censorship, by its

ambiguous language and by the way it is applied. The restrictions are interpreted broadly and

leave nothing but an arbitrary article left to apply for the courts. The European Union holds

the power to influence Turkey and can therefore enforce an abolition of article 301 of the

Turkish Penal Code. Time will tell if Turkey will fully safeguard freedom of expression as it

is stated in article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights and in the praxis of the

European Court of Human rights and the European Court of Justice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
freedom of expression, human rights, article 10, turkey, EU, article 301, Turkish penal code, ECHR
Keyword [sv]
EKMR, yttrandefrihet, mänskliga rättigheter
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-2300ISRN: ORU-BSR/RÄT-D--07/0039--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-2300DiVA: diva2:136096
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