7 jour­nal­ists freed; four re­main in jail

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD - — As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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