Turkish court releases journalists accused of revealing state secrets
(Updated with the court decision)
The Turkish court ruled in favour of the release of journalists, T24 reported.
Out of seven journalists tried on Wednesday, they were all acquitted on "revealing state secrets." Also all seven journalists also released from detention.
Out of 7 journos tried today for reporting on MIT agent funeral:— IPI - The Global Network for Press Freedom (@globalfreemedia) September 9, 2020
- all were acquitted on "revealing state secrets"
- @baristerkoglu acquitted of all charges
- all defendants in detention released, pending appeal#FreeTurkeyJournalists pic.twitter.com/6ipunr1jAQ
Turkish prosecutors demanded
Odatv news director Barış Terkoğlu, Barış Pehlivan and volunteer reporter Hülya Kılınç as well as Murat Ağırel from Yenicag were arrested over exposing the identity of an intelligence official after the news outlet published footage of the funeral in the western province of Manisa in March.
According to local reports,
Prosecutors demanded Barış Pehlivan, Hülya Kılınç and Murat Ağırel from Yenicag newspaper to stay in
Critics point out that the identity of the intelligence official had already been revealed by opposition Good Party Istanbul deputy Ümit Özdağ at a press conference in parliament that was broadcast
Yeni Yaşam’s managing editor Ferhat Çelik, his editor Aydın Keser and OdaTV editor Terkoğlu were released from police custody on the first day of a trial of seven journalists accused of violating state intelligence laws in June.
Turkish authorities blocked access to news website OdaTV in March after it reported the funeral. Thousands of websites are blocked in Turkey and scores of journalists in prison.