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Turkey: Acquittal in conscientious objection case a win for free speech

Headline Title:  Turkey: Acquittal in conscientious objection case a win for free speech 07 December 2012 A Turkish court has acquitted four men on trial for their participation in a protest in support of a conscientious objector, prompting Amnesty International to call the ruling a victory for freedom of expression. On Thursday the court in the north-western city of Eskişehir cleared human rights defender Halil Savda and three others of the charge of “alienating the public from military service”, a criminal offence under Turkey’s Penal Code. The case against them began in 2011 after…

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