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Turkey Mulls Jail Terms for Publishing Unapproved Economic Data

Pedestrians pass by a mural of Turkish President Recep Erdogan in Bursa, Turkey.

Pedestrians pass by a mural of Turkish President Recep Erdogan in Bursa, Turkey.

Photographer: Moe Zoyari/Bloomberg

Turkish economic researchers may face up to 3 years in prison if they publish unofficial data on indicators without first seeking approval of the country’s statistics agency, according to a draft law seen by Bloomberg. 

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s governing AK Party had planned to submit the proposed legislation to parliament this week but has held off while officials do further work on it, two party officials said on condition of anonymity.