On the 14th December the State heads of the European Union (EU) will be holding their summit meeting in Brussels and will be discussing, among other subjects, the acceptance of Turkey into the EU. Armenian associations from across Europe have been busily organising a massive demonstration in the Belgium capital city. This protest is aimed at the EU as they have decided not to make Turkey’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide a condition for EU entry negotiations.
“The responsibility for the murder of the Armenian journalist lies firmly at the door of those who created Statute 301” claimed Orhan Pamuk winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. These sentiments were also expressed by the prominent columnist Mehmet Ali Birand. At the funeral in Istanbul, many mourners carried posters bearing the inscription “Murder Statute 301”. This law made the Defamation of the State as well as any of the state apparatus and facilities an offence. Hrant Dink was the only critic sentenced using this law. He received a6 months suspended prison sentence, a sentence viewed in fascist circles as a far too mild. After the founding of the Republic of Turkey, the new Turkish Criminal Code was created based on the example of the then Fascist Italian Criminal Code.