Two Turkish journalists freed from prison after court ruling



    Two Turkish journalists freed from prison after court ruling

    Feb 26, Ankara: Two Turkish journalists charged with revealing state secrets have been freed on Friday after three months in prison.

    Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, from the newspaper Cumhuriyet, were detained in November over a report alleging that the Turkish government tried to ship arms to Islamists in Syria, reports said.

    But Turkey's constitutional court has challenged the charges, saying they violated freedom of the press.

    Dundar, the paper's editor-in-chief, and Gul, its Ankara bureau chief, spent three months and two days in prison and had been due to go on trial on 25 March.

    Speaking at the mass Dundar said, "This is a trial of press freedom." He added, “More than 30 colleagues are still in prison. I hope that this ruling will pave way for their freedom as well."

    The court in a statement said that their freedom of expression and freedom of press was also violated.

    The decision was overwhelmingly approved with 12 votes for and three against, Turkish media reports said.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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