- Title: Turkish journalists go on trial accused of waging 'asymmetric war'
- Date: 24th July 2017
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (JULY 24, 2017) (REUTERS) SUPPORTERS CHANTING IN FRONT OF COURTHOUSE WITH BANNER AND PLACARDS READING (Turkish): "#CUMHURIYET WILL NOT BE SILENT" SIGN BEING HELD UP READING (Turkish): "#CUMHURIYET WILL NOT BE SILENT" PROTESTERS MARCHING VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS HOLDING BALLOONS STANDING AROUND BANNERS WITH PICTURES OF EMPLOYEES OF OPPOSITION NEWSPAPER PEOPLE HOLDING BALLOONS AND PLACARDS CHANTING (Turkish): "PRESS CANNOT BE SILENCED" MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT OF REPUBLICAN PEOPLE'S PARTY (CHP) BARIS YARKADAS CARRYING BANNER SAYING "#CUMHURIYET WILL NOT BE SILENT" PEOPLE HOLDING BALLOONS AND PLACARDS (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF EASTERN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA DESK AT REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS, JOHANN BIHR, SAYING: "Cumhuriyet is now one of the very latest independent media in this country, which explains why these journalists are in trial. These journalists are, well they face absurd terror accusations, they have no place in prison. So we are here to say that we call for the immediate release and the release of all the other Turkish journalists behind bars." YARKADAS POPPING BALLOON SAYING ACCUSATIONS ARE AS EMPTY AS THE BALLOON PEOPLE HOLDING PLACARDS WITH PICTURES OF ARRESTED JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT OF REPUBLICAN PEOPLE'S PARTY (CHP), BARIS YARKADAS, SAYING: "Our journalist friends are jailed because of the news stories that they have written. But of course, the government cannot admit that they had been jailed because of that. Therefore, they found a cover for their accusations that can convince anyone: Fethullah Gulen's terrorist organisation." CROWD RELEASING BALLOONS BALLOONS FLYING IN AIR
- Embargoed: 7th August 2017 11:26
- Keywords: Turkish opposition newspaper arrested employees central Istanbul court protest in Istanbul
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016R2U0JR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Seventeen employees of a Turkish opposition newspaper went on trial on Monday (July 24) accused of supporting a terrorist group, a case seen by government critics as a further sign that freedom of expression is under attack.
"Press cannot be silenced," chanted demonstrators gathered outside the central Istanbul court to protest against the prosecution of writers, executives and lawyers of the staunchly secularist Cumhuriyet newspaper.
Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to 43 years in jail for staff from the paper, including some of Turkey's best-known journalists, who are accused of targeting President Tayyip Erdogan through "asymmetric war methods".
According to the 324-page indictment, Cumhuriyet was effectively taken over by the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed for the failed putsch last July, and used to "veil the actions of terrorist groups". The newspaper has called the charges "imaginary accusations and slander".
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