The trial of Cumhuriyet's collaborators has become emblematic of the erosion of press freedom in Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Five former journalists of Turkish opposition daily Cumhuriyet , sentenced to prison terms after a lawsuit decried by freedom of expression activists, were released on Thursday (12 September), announced lawyer. Their release had been ordered by a Turkish court of appeal.
The released journalists, including the famous cartoonist Musa Kart, were part of a group of fourteen Cumhuriyet employees who were sentenced to prison in 2018 and who had their appeals rejected by another court.
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They were found guilty of supporting by their writings three organizations classified as "terrorists" by Turkey, including the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the network of the preacher Fethullah Gülen, to whom Ankara blames the responsibility for the failed coup in July. 2016.Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Turkey: "Cumhuriyet" daily opposition
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In addition to this trial, Cumhuriyet went through a difficult transition last year with a sudden change in the management team. In protest, dozens of journalists, most of whom were sentenced at the trial, resigned.Read also In Turkey, prison sentences of journalists of the opposition daily "Cumhuriyet" confirmed on appeal