Thursday, December 29, 2005

Turkey May Amend Freedom of Speech Laws

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's foreign minister said Wednesday that laws limiting freedom of expression may be changed, acknowledging that charges against a top novelist had tarnished the country's image.

It was the first time the government indicated it could amend laws making it a crime to insult Turkey. The trial against Orhan Pamuk has drawn sharp criticism from European officials as Turkey strives to join the 25-member EU.

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