16 journalists in court
ISTANBUL: After spending more than seven months in prison on terrorism charges which could keep him there for years to come, Ahmet Sik, a Turkish journalist, appeared in an Istanbul court on Wednesday.
In the packed courtroom, Sik launched a searing attack on the government. The indictment against the journalists was “trash”, the trial, an attack on media freedom and the judiciary, a “lynch mob”, he said. He was on trial with 16 colleagues from opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet. The case is part of a year-long crackdown by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on opposition voices. Washington Post