This is what it takes to get a publisher freedom of expression in Turkey?

A Turkish publisher accused of disseminating separatist propaganda was acquitted yesterday after one of his authors -the celebrated American linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky – appeared in an Istanbul court and asked to be tried alongside him. In a case highlighting the limited freedom of expression permitted in discussions about Turkey’s treatment of its Kurdish minority, the director of Aram Publishing, Fatih Tas, escaped the one-year jail sentence he had been anticipating. “The prosecutor clearly made the right decision,” said Professor Chomsky, who had petitioned to be named as a co-defendant. “I hope it will be a step toward establishing the freedom of speech in Turkey that we all want to see. I am here to express support for the writers, journalists and human rights activists who are willing to take serious risks.”

Chomsky Wins Case for Turkish Publisher

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