The trial and acquittal of writer, anthropologist and retired academic, Sibel Özbudun, on charges of making propaganda for ‘armed terror organization, PKK’ is yet another example of the government’s ongoing harassment of writers and academics in Turkey, PEN International said today. The organisation welcomed her acquittal but calls on the Turkish authorities to stop abusing anti-terror legislation to attempt to silence critics.
Özbudun went on trial before an Ankara court this morning in relation to images she posted on her Facebook page of protesters.
'An acquittal will help to halt the misuse and nonsense of the concept 'terrorism' which has become 'an empty signifier', a futile definition into which almost every objection to the of government fits' - Sibel Ozbudun, speaking to PEN International before her trial.
Ozbundun was acquitted in March in another case involving two posts on her personal Facebook page.
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