TURKISH JOURNALISTS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN JAIL
A Turkish court has sentenced six defendants, including three prominent journalists to life in prison over allegations of involvement in a 2016 coup attempt.
Prominent journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak on charges of trying to abolish the constitutional order of the Republic of Turkey.
The prosecution alleged that journalists sent subliminal messages via TV appearances and newspaper columns urging the overthrow of the government and they maintained contact with members of the FETÖ network, a movement believed in Turkey to have done the coup attempt.
Although Fevzi Yazıcı, Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül and Yakup Şimşek were found guilty and given aggravated life sentences.
At least 73 journalists remain behind bars, according to the committee to projects journalists, which ranks Turkey the world’s worst jailer of journalists.