Turkey's top court finds newspaper guilty of insulting LGBT

11/01/2012
Submitted by ILGA-Europe

Original article: http://vestnikkavkaza.net/news/society/21712.html

Turkey's High Court of Appeals has ordered the Yeni Akit daily newspaper to pay compensation for insulting gay people in a headline it printed in 2008, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Yeni Akit, which is now known as Vakit, printed a story titled "Üskül prefers perverts", concerning Zafer Üskül, the head of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission at the time, after he attended an "International Anti-Homophobism Meeting" organized by KAOS GL, a leading support association for Turkey’s LGBT community.

KAOS GL filed a lawsuit against Yeni Akit, seeking compensation for the headline and the related piece. But the lawsuits were rejected by two Ankara courts on the grounds that the newspaper was "within the limits of criticism."

But the High Court of Appeals overruled the decisions of the two courts, saying, "The freedom of the press does not encompass the freedom to insult the personal freedoms of individuals."

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