Freedom of the media in Turkey is in the spotlight again over the cases against four journalists accused of conspiracy to overthrow the government. They have been released pending trial. A further six defendants, mostly journalists, remain in detention.
Nedim Sener, who spent a year in prison, says he was jailed because of an investigation he conducted into the high profile murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist, Hrant Dink.
Speaking just after his release he said: “I’m paying for my research. It was the sole aim of this attack on journalists.”
The defendants are accused of belonging to ‘Ergenekon’, an alleged ultra-nationalist group accused by prosecutors of being behind multiple conspiracies against Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan’s AK Party government.
The case has been widely criticised by the US and the EU. Almost 100 journalists are in jail in Turkey – one of the highest rates worldwide, although not all are being prosecuted for what they have written or broadcast.