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Turkey Frees Journalists Detained for Nine Months

Seven out of 17 newspaper staffers were released on Friday after being accused of having ties to terrorist organizations.
Source: Emrah Gurel / AP

Seven journalists were released from a Turkish jail on Friday after spending nine months behind bars on charges of aiding a terrorist organization. The journalists are employees of Turkey’s oldest newspaper and one of the nation’s few remaining independent news outlets. Their court case represents that largest trial of journalists in Turkey since a failedstaffershave been detained on terrorism-related charges. On Friday, an Instanbul court ruled that five of the staffers, including the paper’s top executive, would remain in detention ahead of a second court hearing.

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