ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Turkish journalists Hasan Cemal and Tuy-ce Tatari, whose books have recently been banned from sale and distribution by Turkish courts on grounds that they "spread propaganda for a terrorist organization," appealed on Friday to the Constitutional Court.
In December 2015, the Gaziantep 3rd Penal Court of Peace ruled that all copies of Cemal's book "Delila: Bir Genc Kadyn Gerillanyn Day- GE-nlE-kleri" (Delila: A Young Female Guerrilla Fighter's Mountain Diaries) and Tatari's "Anneanne Ben Aslynda Diyarbakyr'da Dey-ildim" (Grandmother, I actually wasn't in Diyarbakyr) should be removed from store shelves across Turkey.
Both books are about Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the camps of the terrorist organization located in northern Iraq.
The court ordered the books removed from shelves because they "spread propaganda for a terrorist organization in a way that would make the organization's methods, including force, violence and threats, seem legitimate or promote them with compliments, openly provoking people to commit crime and praising crime and criminals."
The court cited in its decision Article 25 of Law No. 5187, the Press Law, and Article 28 of the Constitution, which regulates freedom of the press.
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