TURKEY: Silence, Please

Premier Adnan Menderes seems to believe that the simplest way to end domestic criticism of his government is to pass a law against it. After his re-election last fall, Menderes rammed through another in a series of restrictive laws making it a criminal offense for a newspaper to print anything said in Parliament that the Assembly president deems "defamatory to Parliament or its members." Opposition Deputies protested that the law could be used to prevent publication of legitimate criticism of the government. The Istanbul newspaper Cumhuriyet sent a copy of the statute to Professor Husein Kubali, a Sorbonne-trained expert...