An Istanbul instcourt recently suspended the trial of a Turkish publisher and a translator accused of corrupting public morals. The book that caused the controversy? “The Exploits of a Young Don Juan,” written over a century ago by Apollinaire.

This is the latest in a string of trials testing freedom of expression in a country often under fire over human rights, and accusations of creeping efforts to force Islamic values on the staunchly secular nation. Turkey is frequently criticized for curtailing media freedom. Currently more than 60 journalists are in Turkish jails. Though the court suspended this case, the ruling disappointed the defendants, who said they were expecting a full acquittal.
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