Scribes go on trial over coup bid:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Prom­i­nent jour­nal­ists were among 17 peo­ple who went on trial in Is­tan­bul on Mon­day on charges of links to the group al­legedly be­hind last year’s failed coup, in a case that has am­pli­fied con­cerns over press free­dom in Turkey.

The trial is the first to in­clude jour­nal­ists ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the July 15 coup un­der the state of emer­gency im­posed shortly af­ter. More cases are set to go to court in the next few months.

All those on trial are ac­cused of links to the US-based Mus­lim cleric Fethul­lah Gulen who Ankara says mas­ter­minded the bid to oust Er­do­gan. The coup left 249 dead, not in­clud­ing the plot­ters. Ten of the 17 sus­pects are on the run while six re­main in cus­tody and another re­mains free pend­ing trial, an AFP cor­re­spon­dent said.

Those ac­cused in­clude the vet­eran writer Na­zli Ili­cak who was one of the very first jour­nal­ists ar­rested in July af­ter the coup. Briefly an MP from 1999, she wrote for dailies in­clud­ing Hur­riyet.


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