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Friday, February 26, 2016

Turkey journalists freed from prison after court ruling

Two Turkish journalists Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, who were charged with revealing state secrets have been freed from prison. The duo who worked for the newspaper Cumhuriyet, were detained in November over a report alleging that the Turkish government tried to ship arms to Islamists in Syria. Both journalist had been jailed at Silivri jail on the outskirts of Istanbul.

The Turkey's constitutional court challenged the charges, saying they violated freedom of the press, they won the case and were both released early on Friday after three months in jail.
Large crowds chanting support met them outside prison on their release.
Mr Dundar, the paper's editor-in-chief, and Mr Gul, its Ankara bureau chief, spent 92 days in prison and had been due to go on trial on 25 March. He said:
"This is a trial of press freedom," Mr Dundar said. "We got out but more than 30 colleagues are still in prison. I hope that this ruling will pave way for their freedom as well."
"We would continue to fight for press freedom until this concentration camp that you see behind me becomes a museum".
The court, which ruled on Thursday agreed that their "rights to personal liberty and security had been violated and that the decision was overwhelmingly approved with 12 votes for and three against, Turkish media reports said.

20 comments:

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Freedom is nice.

Juliet Iwuno said...

Congrats to dem. Linda take note!

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

I'm happy for dem


... Merited happiness

Vivian Reginalds said...

Finally
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El Fidel said...

He should thank his God

Ogenah Boris said...

Congratulations to freedom

Saphire Muna said...

They shld waka go far from turkey oooooo.... Maka muhammade na ndi otu ya bu ndi ojoor.. Ha amarokwa ebe udu di mmadu..


....... Liber maniac.....
........ Long live LIB....
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Adenike Bamigboye said...

Congrats to them

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

Hopefully their safety is guaranteed!

Solomon Chukwuka said...

Congrats to you

Bonita Bislam said...

They should watch their backs tho.Its not about gaining the freedom, its about living after it

Jamila Shaibu said...

Ok thank God for his life

Uju Phil said...

Congrats to them

Chioma said...

Thank God Congratulations.

christiana christiana said...

Tnk God


#spritual

Luciana Chinda said...

Good news

Saheed Oluwasegun said...

That reflects the occupational hazard associated with journalism. Next time they they should be careful and stay safe.

Eric Nesty aka LIB'S FINEST said...

Congrats.


#FINEST

Charles Okafor said...

Congrats men
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udeh martha said...

Congrats men