Newly released and already “free friends of Akın Atalay, who is still in prison, celebrates his birthday…

An Istanbul court on March 9 has ordered the release of journalist Ahmet Şık and editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu in the Cumhuriyet case.
Turkey releases two more journalists on bail

Cumhuriyet newspaper editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and reporter Ahmet Şik – held for over a year on terror-related charges – are freed but remain on trial

Two Turkish journalists have been freed on bail after over a year behind bars in the trial on terror-related charges of staff from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper. The case is seen as a test of press freedom under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The government continues to clamp down on media in the wake of a 2016 coup attempt. It already had more journalists in prison than any other country.

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