Turkish Foreign Ministry: French bill limits freedom of expression

 Turkish Foreign Ministry: French bill limits freedom of expression

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has cautioned that a French bill criminalizing the denial of “genocide,” unanimously passed by the lower house of the French parliament on July 1, had the potential to unlawfully limit freedom of expression, while a former diplomat has claimed the bill was related to the “personal interests” of French politicians.

“We have closely followed the preparation and adoption processes of the draft amendments to the Law on the Freedom of Press that the French National Assembly adopted concerning criminalization of the denial of war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide under certain conditions,” the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tanju Bilgiç said.

“We will also closely follow the upcoming process at the French senate.We expect that the French senate will remove the elements that may have the potential to pose the risk of limiting the freedom of expression from the draft,” The Hurriyet Daily cited the statement as saying.

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