7 journalists freed; four remain in jail
Seven staff members of an opposition newspaper were released from a Turkish jail early Saturday pending the outcome of their trial on charges of aiding terrorist organizations.
A court ruled for the release of Cumhuriyet newspaper’s cartoonist Musa Kart and six others Friday but ordered four others to remain held.
The daily newspaper is staunchly opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and is one of the few remaining outlets in Turkey critical of the government.
A total of 19 defendants went on trial Monday for allegedly aiding several outlawed organizations, including Kurdish militants, a far-left group and the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the government blames for a failed coup last year.
Cumhuriyet’s editor in chief, Murat Sabuncu, investigative journalist Ahmet Sik, columnist Kadri Gursel and chairman Akin Atalay remain behind bars.