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oD writer faces 10 years in prison

7 December 2005

Turkish journalist Murat Belge and four of his colleagues face ridiculous prison sentences of 6 months to 10 years for criticising an official ban on a conference about the Armenian question. Ironically, the last thing Murat Belge wrote for us was about Orhan Pamuk, the renowned Turkish writer, who himself was charged this year for "publicly humiliating" Turkey under Article 301 of the Turkish penal code. Belge's case will appear Istanbul magistrates court on 7 February.

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