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  • Protest in Turkey after Arrest of Journalists, Academic 

  • The arrests continue the pattern of politically-motivated arrests of journalists who oppose the Turkish government

A protester holding a photograph of from left to right, journalist Ahmet Nesin, academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci and Reporters Without Borders' local representative Erol Onderoglu, demonstrates against their jailing outside the offices of Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish publication, in Istanbul, Tuesday, Ju A protester holding a photograph of from left to right, journalist Ahmet Nesin, academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci and Reporters Without Borders' local representative Erol Onderoglu, demonstrates against their jailing outside the offices of Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish publication, in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 21, 2016 long with others had participated in a solidarity campaign in support of the paper, already subject to multiple investigations and lawsuits, were placed in pretrial arrest by a Turkish court Monday over charges of disseminating "terrorist propaganda". (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis), photo: AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

21 of June 2016 12:19:11

ISTANBUL — Dozens of Turkish demonstrators have protested in Istanbul over the arrests of two journalists and an academic on charges of disseminating "terrorist propaganda." A fourth journalist was released after a brief detention.

On Monday, a Turkish court ordered the pre-trial arrest of Reporters Without Borders' Turkey representative Erol Onderoglu, journalist Ahmet Nesin and academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci.The three had participated in a solidarity campaign in support of Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish publication subject to multiple investigations and lawsuits.The state-run news agency said the three acted as chief editors for a day for the publication and the issues they edited in May and earlier in June included alleged terrorist propaganda.Anadolu Agency also said the court ordered the suspects' arrest on "strong criminal suspicion."In a separate development, Razi Canikligil, who writes for the Turkish Hurriyet daily, was released Tuesday after being detained for almost a full day, according to a colleague."He is still in Turkey, and now with his family to resume his vacation," said Tolga Tanis, the Washington D.C. Hurriyet correspondent.Press freedom advocates warn that freedom of expression has dramatically declined in Turkey, where lawsuits against journalists, academics and other public figures are common.



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