16 jour­nal­ists in court

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

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

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