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Musa Kart Indicted After Lengthy Detention, Could Face 29 Years in Prison

April 7, 2017
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Musa Kart Indicted After Lengthy Detention, Could Face 29 Years in Prison

Five months after Turkish political cartoonist Musa Kart was arrested along with several of his colleagues from Cumhuriyet newspaper on suspicion of supporting Kurdish militants and the Gulenist movement, they finally were formally indicted this week. If convicted, Kart could face up to 29 years in prison. The charges specifically against Kart are “helping an…

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Freed from Prison, Egyptian Novelist Naji Thanks Supporters Worldwide

December 29, 2016
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Freed from Prison, Egyptian Novelist Naji Thanks Supporters Worldwide

A few days after being freed from prison last week, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji posted a long message to Facebook thanking the supporters who stood by him during his trial and 10-month incarceration for “violating public modesty” with an excerpt from his novel Using Life that was published in a state-owned newspaper. Naji’s reprieve may…

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Russian Library Director Goes to Trial for Possessing “Extremist” Books

November 14, 2016
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Natalia Sharina in court

The director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, Russia, has begun the trial process after being charged and put on house arrest last year for possessing books that “incite ethnic hatred.” Last October, Natalia Sharina’s personal residence as well as her place of work were raided by Russian authorities, who claim to have…

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Zunar Barred from Leaving Malaysia

October 17, 2016
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Zunar Barred from Leaving Malaysia

The Malaysian government’s censorship campaign against political cartoonist Zunar entered a new phase today: when he attempted to catch a flight to Singapore for a public forum, he discovered that he’s been barred from leaving the country on direct orders from Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakr. Zunar’s trial on nine counts of sedition…

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Turkish Comedian Faces 2 Years in Prison for Satirical Tweet

April 13, 2016
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Cem Yilmaz

Turkish comedian, actor, and cartoonist Cem Yilmaz went to trial on Monday for a recent tweet “insulting” Governor Selim Cebiroglu. Facing up to two years in jail for expressing his upset over the governor’s verbal abuse of math teacher Halil Serkan Oz, the trial against Cem Yilmaz further demonstrates the precarious position of free speech…

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