Turkey: Jubilant scenes as jailed journalists freed on bail

Two Turkish journalists were greeted by family, friends and colleagues in Istanbul on Saturday after being released from jail on bail. Earlier, a judge ordered the release of Cumhuriyet’s editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and investigative journalist Ahmet Sik from Silivri jail in the Istanbul region. They still face terror-related charges which could result in a 43-year sentence. The chairman of... Еще the newspaper Akin Atalay remains in jail. All of the defendants are 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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