Some people in Turkey reject any idea of changes to the law established in the 1920’s by the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
“Turkey belongs to Turks,” said one man. “There is no place here for Elif Shafak and the others like her.”
But a European Commission report to be published next month is expected to say change is necessary if Turkey is to meet the criteria for admission to the EU.
A lawyer said after the case in Istanbul: “Judges of Turkey make their decision only on behalf of the Turkish people, they can not make the decision on behalf of Brussels, Washington, Paris or Berlin.”
In Brussels, a spokeswoman for Oli Rehn, the EU enlargement commissioner, said: “The Commission welcomes this judgement. This is obviously good news.”
A Dutch green party MEP who attended the trial said only withdrawal of the controversial law, known as article 301, would satisfy the EU.