- Title: Interim ruling expected in trial of jailed Turkish journalists
- Date: 28th July 2017
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (JULY 28, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF ISTANBUL'S CAGLAYAN COURTHOUSE JOURNALISTS AND OTHERS DEMONSTRATING OUTSIDE COURTHOUSE VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS AT SIT-IN PROTEST READING OUT CUMHURIYET NEWSPAPER VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATORS CHANTING (Turkish): "JUSTICE, NOW" DEMONSTRATORS HOLDING UP PLACARDS DENOUNCING TRIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF WRITERS' ASSOCIATION, PEN INTERNATIONAL, BURHAN SOYLEMEZ, ADDRESSING DEMONSTRATORS (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) REPRESENTATIVE OF PEN INTERNATIONAL, BURHAN SOYLEMEZ, SAYING: "The butchering of Cumhuriyet is not the first and will not be the last in Turkey. We are aware of this. However, they must also be aware that the people's memory cannot be limited by the governments or the ones at the helm. They cannot control the culture."
- Embargoed: 11th August 2017 14:49
- Keywords: Turkey journalist trial Cumhuriyet newspaper terrorism charges verdict expected Cumhuriyet supporters protest Pen international
- Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RMUHXJ
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- Story Text: A court in Turkey is expected to rule on Friday (July 28) on whether to free journalists jailed on terror charges, pending their trial.
Seventeen employees of opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper went on trial on Monday (July 24) accused of supporting a terrorist group. Eleven of them are in detention, while the rest are free. The ruling is expected to decide whether to free any of the 11 in jail while the trial continues, and also whether to allow the rest to remain free.
Prosecutors are seeking up to 43 years in jail for the paper's staff, including some of Turkey's best-known journalists, who are accused of targeting President Tayyip Erdogan.
According to the 324-page indictment, Cumhuriyet was effectively taken over by the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed for last year's failed coup.
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