Trials and Arbitration

Journalism is under siege in Turkey as trial begins for 17 defendants from leading newspaper

Journalism is under siege in Turkey as trial begins for 17 defendants from leading newspaper

Hundreds of activists, lawyers and observers packed an Istanbul courthouse Monday as prosecutors began laying out an indictment against 17 people from Turkey’s leading secular newspaper, Cumhuriyet, including its senior editorial staff.

The defendants are alleged to be a part of various terror organizations, but the majority of the evidence hinges on editorial policies at the newspaper, which the government says portrayed the ruling AK Party in a negative light. The case is part of a broader crackdown by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on independent journalism in Turkey.

The defendants were cheered by supporters as they entered the courtroom,...

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