Turkey Plans to Lift Bans on Hundreds of Publications

Good news about censorship for once. Turkey is releasing a number of books and magazines from their official censorship list: Effective on Jan. 5, all [censorship] bans will be lifted, freeing 453 books and hundreds of periodicals, magazines and newspapers from prohibition, the Office of the State Prosecutor in Charge of Media Crimes confirmed by telephone from Ankara this week. Among the works to be legalized by the move are several books by Turkey’s greatest 20th-century poet, Nazim Hikmet, including an edition of his “Collected Works,” banned by an Ankara court in 1968, as well as a book by the country’s most influential theologian, Said Nursi. The list also includes the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx; a 1987 edition of the National Geographic Atlas of the World, banned by the government itself for designating Kurdistan and Armenia; a collection of folk songs from the rebellious province of Dersim; a 1996 human rights report by the Turkish Human Rights Association, banned by a state security court; and the Italian comic book Captain Miki, outlawed in 1961 for “leading children astray.” Read more about it at: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/13/world/middleeast/turkey-plans-to-lift-bans-on-hundreds-of-publications.html?_r=0

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