Paylan Being Investigated for ‘Insulting Turkishness’

Garo Paylani s being investigation for "insulting Turkishness"
Garo Paylani s being investigation for "insulting Turkishness"

Garo Paylani s being investigation for “insulting Turkishness”

ISTANBUL—Ankara’s chief prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation of Garo Paylan, an Armenian member of the Turkish Parliament representing the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) for allegedly violating the infamous Article 301 of the Turkish penal code that deems “insulting Turkishness” as illegal offense.

The European Court of Human Rights has interpreted that Article 301 as “a permanent threat to freedom of expression,” and considered incompatible with the principle of the state of law. It, known as the “murderer article,” has been served for demonization and singling the target person out.

Ankara’s prosecutor’s office opened Paylan’s investigation after he used the word genocide to describe the event of 1915 in an interview, in which he asserted that genocide is continuing today.

The Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office demanded that Parliament to lift Paylan’s parliamentary immunity so he can be I nvestigated.

With the legal arrangement made in 2008, launching an investigation regarding Article 301 is subjected to the permission of the Minister of Justice. Notwithstanding, it is understood from the related file that the Minister of Justice has already given a green light for the investigation.

Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and academician Taner Akcam have both been charged with Article 301.


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  1. State of Emergency said:

    Playing with fire and no diplomatic circles outside of Turkey is taking notice.

  2. Turkey Hunter said:

    What is insulting turkishness ? an oxymoran …their government is full of terrorists thieves liars extorsionists
    racist egoist shizen for brain Ashloks
    turkishness = 0 or nothing How can one insult nothing ? No one likes or cares about turkey If by a miracle all of them disdapeared from Asia monor no one will notice or miss them. turkey-jerkey…. :)

    • Edward Demian said:

      If I didn’t say it I always thought it this good Armenian boy is going to be in a lot of trouble with the Turks he may very well turn out to be a martyr. They will punish him and the European Union will take notice and probably something positive is going to come out of it but nothing positive will come out of it for poor Garo.

  3. Hagop said:


    Turkey is a criminal state, ruthless, corrupt and murderous. The pot calling the kettle black is an under statement here! Turkey has no moral standing in the universe. Only cowards would punish those who are brave enough to point out flaws.

  4. GB said:

    All “Turkish” nationals are not Turks. They are forcefully Islamized and Turkified people by few none Turkic corrupt dictators.

  5. GB said:

    Brainwashed Altaic herd leaders should have been informed, that 301 AD, is a year, Armenian Kingdom adopted Christianity!

  6. Stepan said:

    The Turkish government is an insult to humanity. Does any other government care? Garo Paylan is not only a courageous Armenian, but he is the conscious of Turkey. Instead of harassing him, he should be honored for addressing the root causes of Turkish society. Pray for his safety.

  7. Vagharshak Sevulyan said:

    Insulting turkishness covertly put in turkish constitution to send lots of educated people send them in jail to eliminate from society to do there job help turkey . turk was barbaric nation in ottoman times still barbaric nation , this will never going to change , people.