Journalist Mehmet Baransu sentenced to 19 years and 6 months in prison

The Turkish authorities sentenced jailed investigative journalist Mehmet Baransu to 19 years and six months on Sunday in the case against staff of the defunct Taraf newspaper who were accused of obtaining and publishing state documents and of having links to a terrorist group, Cumhuriyet reported.

Baransu was sentenced to two years in prison for "violating privacy", to four years for "disclosing classified information" and to 13 years and six months for "membership of an armed terrorist organisation," Cumhuriyet said.

Taraf newspaper, shut down in 2016, gained prominence for its liberal stance and its revelations about Turkey’s so-called deep state, which experts say were partially fabricated.

Many of its staff have been accused of having links to the Gülen movement, which Ankara has designated a terrorist organisation and accuses of orchestrating the failed coup in 2016.

Baransu has been behind bars since March 2015.