ANKARA: Turkey has been criticized for new legislation that allows the mass release of inmates because it excludes journalists, academics, activists and political prisoners. The legislation is aimed at reducing overcrowding and avoiding the spread of coronavirus. The European Commission was among those to condemn Turkey. The introduction of a last-minute amendment - exempting those imprisoned for breaking National Intelligence Agency laws from the amnesty - was criticized by human rights activists. It is seen as an attempt to prevent the release of four journalists who are behind bars for exposing the identity of Turkish intelligence officers in Libya, as well as to intimidate journalists who are critical of the government.
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So I started watching," said Khadija, adding she was really interested in Islam after watching a few episodes. Stressing that the dialogues of Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi gave a new meaning to her life, she said his words made her think a lot and sometimes cry. Underlining that the series had a great impact on her orientation to Islam, she said: "My curiosity in history has connected me to the series. Fortunately, I watched this series opened my eyes and I recognized Islam. Although she was a Baptist Catholic, all the question marks in her head were cleared and she eventually became more interested in Islam, she said. Noting that she read the Muslim holy book of Quran in English to learn more about Islam, she explained the process after she decided to become a Muslim. When I researched it online, I realized that there was only a small mosque in the area where I live.
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The year-old woman, only identified as Dima, was born in Aleppo and started to study English Language and Literature at the University of Aleppo. After leaving university she got married and gave birth to a son, who is now nine years old. After the civil war in the country broke out, Dima and her husband crossed the border into Turkey in to look for a job.