Turkish Cumhuriyet journalists to go on trial for revealing state secrets



    Turkish Cumhuriyet journalists to go on trial for revealing state secrets

    March 25, Ankara: Two prominent Turkish journalists Can Dundar and Erdem Gul are due to go on trial charged with revealing state secrets.

    Can Dundar, Cumhuriyet's editor-in-chief, and Erdem Gul, Ankara bureau chief, were arrested last November.  They were arrested over a report alleging that the Turkish government had tried to ship arms to Islamists in Syria

    They deny the charges but face possible life sentences if found guilty. Supporters of the two men say the case is an important test of press freedom in Turkey, reports said.

    The Turkish government has come under increasing international criticism over its treatment of journalists.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally filed a criminal complaint against them. They were held on pre-trial detention but were released in February after the

    Constitutional Court ruled their rights to liberty and free expression had been violated.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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