Saturday, 19 January 2019

German journalist released from jail in Turkey

Turkey Frees Journalist

BERLIN: A Turkish court sentenced three prominent journalists to life in prison on Friday, stepping up the government’s campaign against independent news media, even as it released from prison a German-Turkish journalist whose yearlong detention without being charged had aggravated relations between Berlin and Ankara.

A court at the Silivri Prisons Campus handed down the life sentences against the three high-profile figures and three others linked to the news media who were convicted of involvement in the failed 2016 coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. All were accused of having links to Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in the United States who Turkey says organized the effort to overthrow the government.


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