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Cumhuriyet trials set litmus test for Turkish democracy

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26.07.2017
It was an ironic coincidence that more than a dozen executives and journalists from the daily Cumhuriyet appeared in court on Press Freedom Day. Twelve out of 17 have been in prison since November 2016 and it took nine months for them to defend themselves in court.

Murat Sabuncu, the editor-in-chief of the daily, prominent writers Kadri Gürsel and Ahmet Şık, award-winning cartoonist Musa Kart, Turhan Günay, the editor of the literature supplement, and Güray Öz, the daily’s ombudsman, are among those who have been accused on terror-related charges and of supporting multiple terrorist organizations, like the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).

The trial began on July 24 and is expected to be concluded by the end of this week with our sincere wish that all charges against them will be dropped and our colleagues will be freed.

As a journalist who started his career at the Ankara bureau of Cumhuriyet as a diplomatic reporter in the mid-1990s and spent an........

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