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Media Watch 2005

19 February 2005
Source: Turkish Daily News
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Comment: The following article appeared in Turkish Daily News on 19 February 2005.
Another charge filed against writer Orhan Pamuk
"Writer Orhan Pamuk allegedly says, "30,000 Kurds and 1-million Armenians had been killed in Turkey," a statement argued to constitute a crime according to the Turkish Penal Code. "Almost no one dares to speak out this but me, and the nationalists hate me for that.""

Writer Orhan Pamuk allegedly says, '30,000 Kurds and 1-million Armenians had been killed in Turkey,' a statement argued to constitute a crime according to the Turkish Penal Code

Another charge has been filed by Kayseri Bar Association attorney Orhan Pekmezci against internationally renowned Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk for statements he reportedly made during an interview with the Swiss daily Tagesanzeiger, published in the newspaper's Feb. 6 issue, reported Anatolia news agency.

"Pamuk has made groundless claims against the Turkish identity, the Turkish military and Turkey as a whole. I think he should be punished for violating Article 159 and 312 of the Turkish Penal Code," said Pekmezci after filing charges at the Kayseri State Prosecutor's office. "He made a statement provoking the people to hatred and animosity through the media, which is defined as a crime in Article 312."

Pekmezci claimed that Pamuk said, "30,000 Kurds and 1-million Armenians were killed in Turkey. Almost no one dares to speak out this but me, and the nationalists hate me for that."

Pamuk the author of six novels and the recipient of major Turkish and international literary awards, has had his work translated into more than 20 languages. His most recent novel is "My Name Is Red." Pamuk's latest novel, "Kar," (Snow), translated by Maureen Freely, has been included in The New York Times' "100 Notable Books of the Year" list prepared by the daily's "Book Review" section. The review, published every Sunday, has selected 100 notable books from all those it has reviewed since Dec. 7, 2003.

Previously, Mehmet Üçok an attorney from the Anatolia Professional Association of Owners of Scientific and Literary Works (ANASAM) filed charges against Pamuk at the Kayseri Public Prosecutor's office."