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Seven journalists Turkish oppositiekrant released

Seven journalists Turkish oppositiekrant released

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Seven indicted employees of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet come free. That decided, the court of Istanbul Friday night. Six others, however, remain stuck on the suspicion of supporting a terrorist organization.

Among the defendants that have not been released, is also the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, Murat Sabuncu.

In total were seventeen journalists from Cumhuriyet. A few were previously released in anticipation of their process. The seven employees that Friday were acquitted, reporters, and one cartoonist.

The group was approximately nine months ago, picked up. The journalists were accused of “aid terrorists”, or “membership of an armed terrorist organization”. There was a maximum sentence of 43 years, above the head.

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Criticism

Cumhuriyet is one of the oldest newspapers of Turkey. According to the prosecutor’s office would be the sheet to the Gulen movement, the Kurdish workers y (PKK) and the marxist Revolutionary people’s liberation army (DHKP/C) support. Reporters Without Borders, which advocates for freedom of the press, points out in a statement that the editorial is just more critical exhaust on these different organisations.

In addition, the newspaper also critical articles about the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The journalists from Cumhuriyet are not the only ones by the authorities to be addressed. Earlier this month, was a warrant of arrest issued against former employees of the staatsomroep TRT.

Since the failed couppoging in Turkey a year ago, in the country thousands of people have been fired or suspended from jobs in the public service, and many became arrested in the coup attempt involved would have been. The government of Erdogan is pointing mainly to the in exile living Fethullah Gulen as the instigator of that failed coup.

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