Friday, March 25, 2016

Turkish Journalists on Trial for Arms-Smuggling Story

Two journalists are on trial in Turkey Friday on allegations they revealed state secrets and aided a terrorist organization with their report on alleged arms smuggling to Syria.

Can Dundar and Erdem Gul of Cumhuriyet newspaper could get sentences of life imprisonment if they are found guilty of the charges.

They are accused of publishing images that date back to January 2014 of trucks bound for Syria the newspaper said proved Turkey was smuggling arms into Syria.

Turkey says the reporters aided an Islamic movement headed by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Turkey has a poor human rights record and a history of pressing charges linked to the content of journalists' reports. Media freedom organizations have been pressing Ankara to drop the charges against Dundar and Gul.

Dundar is editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet and Gul is head of the Ankara bureau.




1 comment:

  1. Facing life sentence, Turkish journalist vows to show state crimes...

    One of two prominent Turkish journalists facing life in prison on charges of espionage vowed to make the trial, which begins on Friday, a prosecution of official wrongdoing.

    Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, told Reuters he would use his trial, which has drawn international condemnation, to refocus attention on the story that landed him in the dock.

    Dundar, 54, and Erdem Gul, 49, Cumhuriyet's Ankara bureau chief, stand accused of trying to topple the government with the publication last May of video purporting to show Turkey's state intelligence agency helping to truck weapons to Syria in 2014.....REUTERS


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