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Turkey Offers Two Options For People With Nothing Nice To Say About Its Capital Markets

Option A: shut the hell up. Option B: spend time in prison.

Societe Generale SA ordered employees to cease commentary on Turkey pending a review of new legislation that threatens up to five years imprisonment for certain types of commentary on financial markets. Turkey’s Capital Markets Law enacted on Dec. 31 stipulates punishment for “those who provide untruthful, wrong or misleading information, start rumors, or provide news, commentary, or prepare reports with the intention of influencing prices, values of capital markets instruments or investor decisions.” Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Commerzbank AG said they were also reviewing how the new law will affect their business in Turkey. “I am quite surprised by the contents of the section on market commentary as the authorities have proven to be proactive in promoting an investor-friendly environment in the past,” Benoit Anne, head of emerging-markets strategy at Societe Generale in London, said by e-mail today. The bank is seeking legal advice and won’t comment on Turkish markets until further notice, he said.

[Bloomberg]

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6 Responses to “Turkey Offers Two Options For People With Nothing Nice To Say About Its Capital Markets”

  1. Recep Erdogan says:

    I come here for the cheap humor, I stay here for the footnotes.

  2. Ping Jiang says:

    Something about turkey and a syringe…

  3. Damnyouusdjpy says:

    Oh wow i love how this never got any light on turkish press. One step closer to the fascist state.

  4. dandraka says:

    "or provide news, commentary, or prepare reports with the intention of influencing […] investor decisions"

    Oh man, are they right or what. Reports are just meant to be confetti or something.

  5. sohbet says:

    telling these little stories, here's a good idea: Have a point. It makes it so much more interesting for the listener.