Five Cumhuriyet journalists to be release, Turkish court rules

Turkey’s highest appeals court ruled for the release of five jailed former workers from the secularist daily newspaper Cumhuriyet on Thursday.

The Court of Cassation also ruled to change the charges against former Cumhuriyet journalist Ahmet Şık from aiding a terrorist organisation to creating propaganda for a terrorist organisation, Cumhuriyet reported.

Journalists and executives from the critical daily were jailed this year after being convicted for allegedly supporting the Gülen religious movement, which Turkey’s Justice and Development Party government blames for a failed coup attempt in 2016.

The court demanded a reversal of the sentences of Musa Kart, Güray Öz, Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Hakan Kara and Önder Çelik, five staff members who had received sentences of under five years.

The court confirmed the sentence of another Cumhuriyet journalist, Emri İper.

The release of the five jailed journalists is expected later on Thursday, Cumhuriyet reported.