Turkey lifts ban on thousands of books

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From communist works to a comic book, thousands of titles banned by Turkey over the decades were taken off the restricted list Saturday, thanks to a government reform.


In July, the parliament adopted a bill stipulating that any decision taken before 2012 to block the sale and distribution of published work would be voided if no court chose to confirm the ruling within six months.

The deadline came and went Saturday and no such judicial decisions were recorded, the head of Turkey’s TYB publisher’s union, Metin Celal Zeynioglu, told AFP.

“All bans ordered by (the courts in the capital) Ankara will be lifted on January 5,” city prosecutor Kursat Kayral confirmed to AFP.

Kayral had announced last month that he would let lapse every ban in his jurisdiction, a decision that cleared 453 books and 645 periodicals in that area alone.

Among them were several communist works such as the “Communist Manifesto” written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, as well as writings by Soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin and Russia’s revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin.

Others included a comic book, an atlas, a report on the state of human rights in Turkey and an essay on the Kurds.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Turkey gets hammered in the media, rightly so in most cases. But in this case, let the cynicism go, celebrate a positive step and remember, the current situation is the result of Islamist Erdogan; a large proportion of Turks despise him and what he is doing to the legacy of Ataturk.

  2. In reply to #1 by Alternative Carpark:

    One wonders if there is a point to book banning in the digital age.

    Hope it does not segue to seizing e-books; powers that be checking to see what has been downloaded.

  3. In reply to #2 by Sjoerd Westenborg:

    In reply to #1 by Alternative Carpark:

    One wonders if there is a point to book banning in the digital age.

    Especially an atlas.

    “The Atlas of Creation”, you mean? :-))

  4. In reply to #9 by GPWC:

    In reply to #8 by ridelo:

    And ‘The God Delusion’?

    I believe the God Delusion was set free sometime last year.

    All Richard’s books are now available in Turkish, I think

  5. In reply to #11 by Nodhimmi:

    In reply to #9 by GPWC:

    In reply to #8 by ridelo:

    And ‘The God Delusion’?

    I believe the God Delusion was set free sometime last year.

    All Richard’s books are now available in Turkish, I think

    There are quite a few excellent bookshops in Istanbul, with a large range of books in English. I’m pretty sure that I bought ‘The God Delusion’ in Istanbul a couple of years ago. I’d be surprised if it was ever banned there, but I stand to be corrected.

  6. Totally misleading propaganda. These books belong to an era, where „communism“ was the big enemy. This is no longer the case. Books no one reads any longer and pose no “thread”, are of course free to read now.
    Today, with the CIA backed islamists in power, it is the secular nation state and those defending a free republic that pose a thread.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/05/turkey-censorship-ahmet-sik-perrier
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/18/turkish-pianist-fazil-say-islam
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii8T3aapwwI

    http://www.freemedia.at/home/singleview/article/guest-blog-imprisoned-turkish-journalist-soner-yalcin.html

    This whole attitude of the “new regime” is the result of western politics wanting to use the Turkish Armed Forces as a tool for imperial politics in Asia and the Middle East. With hundreds of secular officers jailed, they are approaching their goal rapidly.

    http://balyozdavasivegercekler.com/2012/03/21/new-evidence-of-forgery-in-the-sledgehammer-case/

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