Turkey: Fifteen Cumhuriyet journalists sentenced on terrorism charges

Fifteen employees of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet were sentenced on terrorism charges by a Turkish court in Istanbul on Wednesday. The court also acquitted three other employees. The sentences of the defendants range from two-and-a-half years to seven-and-a-half years, reports say. Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu was sentenced to seven years and six months, while investigative... Еще reporter Ahmet Sik received a seven-and-a-half year sentence. All of the defendants were charged with supporting groups which Turkey views as terror organisations — the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK), the Revolutionary People’s Liberation party-front (DHKP-C), and the Gulen movement. Activists accuse Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of curtailing press freedom in an effort to secure his grip on power.

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