Turkish Court Fines Publisher for Armenian Book

ISTANBUL (Reuter)–A Turkish court Monday fined the publisher of a book on Turkey’s traditional adversary Armenia for spreading "separatist propaganda."

State-run Anatolian news agency said the state security court first sentenced Ayse Nur Zarakolu to six months in jail for publishing "The Armenian Taboo" by Yves Ternon–but immediately commuted the sentence to a fine of 101 million Turkish lira ($746).

The book deals with the Armenian Genocide which Turkey continues to deny.

The appeals court had already annulled an earlier two-year sentence against Zarakolu in the case–brought in 1994.

She was previously fined a nominal amount for publishing a US-based Human Rights Watch’s report connected with Turkey’s military campaign against Kurdish separatists in the southeast of the country.

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