Turkey releases opposition journalists pending trial

A Turkish court on Tuesday frees pending trial two opposition journalists charged with plotting a coup over a magazine cover criticizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s November election win, local media reports.

Nokta magazine’s editor-in-chief Cevheri Guven and managing editor Murat Capan, who face jail terms of up to 20 years each on charges of provoking armed rebellion against the Turkish Republic, were released pending trial, the private Dogan news agency reports.

The pair were arrested after Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) swept to an unexpected victory in legislative elections on November 1.

Police then raided the Istanbul offices of Nokta and detained the two editors over the cover that read: “The start of civil war in Turkey.”

An Istanbul court later ordered that the magazine’s latest edition be withdrawn from the shelves, accusing it of inciting the public to commit a crime.


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