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Writer Is Acquitted of 'Insulting Turkishness'

IN BRIEF / TURKEY

September 22, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

One of Turkey's leading authors, Elif Shafak, was acquitted of "insulting Turkishness" -- a charge that many Turks viewed as an embarrassment and an obstacle to joining the European Union.

The speedy court decision was seen as a step toward securing greater freedom of speech, but critics said that until the law was abolished, Turkey would remain a place where authors were regularly put on trial.

Analysts said the government was reluctant to change the law because it had broad support.

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