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A Turkish court has acquitted German journalist Mesale Tolu after a years-long trial on terrorism charges, AP reported.

Tolu was accused of terror propaganda and membership in the banned Marxist-Leninist Communist Party.

Tolu, a 38-year-old German citizen, was placed in pre-trial detention for eight months in 2017. She was later released, but was banned from leaving Turkey until August 2018. She lives in Germany.

Before her arrest, Tolu worked as a translator and journalist for the Turkish news agency ETHA.

Reporters Without Borders ranks Turkey 153rd out of 180 countries in its World Press Freedom Index for 2021. According to the Turkish Union of Journalists, at least 34 media workers are currently behind bars.

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