ISTANBUL – A Turkish court has fourteen employees of the newspaper Cumhuriyet sentenced to terms of imprisonment. It includes editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, investigative journalist Ahmet Sik and publisher Akin Atalay.
The convicted employees received penalties imposed, which mixed of more than two years to more than seven years in prison, said one of the lawyers concerned. The court also gave instruction to the custody of Atalay to end. He is currently free pending the appeal. Other employees had already been released.
Prosecutors accused the employees of the newspaper, which is critical of the government-Erdogan reported of support to the PKK and the organization of Fethullah Gulen. Turkey holds that mental responsible for the failed coup d’état in 2016. Three defendants are acquitted.
A lawyer for the newspaper called the process rather politically motivated”. He suggested that the case was referred to Cumhuriyet to silence. Also editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu criticised. ,,Journalism is not a crime”, he said. , And we only have journalism to do.”