TURKEY: Afraid of Criticism

In its current trend away from democratic institutions, Turkey took a decisive and dangerous step. Last week Premier Adnan Menderes jammed through Parliament a bill outlawing all political meetings except those held 45 days prior to a general election. Since Turkey has elections only once every four years, Menderes was effectively denying his people the elementary right of freedom of assembly. Following closely upon his press-muzzling laws, the new act raised the question: Where is Menderes heading?

The developments seemed the more extraordinary in the light of Menderes' record. One of the...

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