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Turkey: two journalists jailed over Syria smuggling reports

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By Euronews
Turkey: two journalists jailed over Syria smuggling reports

<p>Two prominent journalists in Turkey are facing charges of espionage after publishing video that allegedly showed trucks, belonging to the state intelligence agency, carrying ammunition to Syrian militants. </p> <p>Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul are also accused of willingly aiding an armed group.</p> <p>Both have been jailed pending trial. </p> <p>“We will resist and win. It’s a coup against the press. They keep doing coups against the press. But we are strong, and I want everyone to stay strong,” said Dilek Dundar, Can Dundar’s wife. </p> <p>Ali Ozsoy, editor-in-chief of the leftist Sol newspaper, added: “If the media is silenced, no-one would know what was right or what was wrong. This is another step forward for the fascist dictatorship. We stand by Can Dundar.”</p> <p>The government had initially denied the trucks were transporting arms, maintaining that the cargo consisted of humanitarian aid. </p> <p>Some officials later suggested it was arms or ammunition destined for the Turkmen minority in Syria. </p> <p>The video prompted President Tayyip Erdogan to vow revenge, saying he would not forgive such reporting.</p> <p>European diplomats are measured in their criticism of media freedom in Turkey and Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule – recognising that the West needs Ankara’s help with the migrant crisis and as an ally in the US-led coalition against <span class="caps">ISIL</span>.</p>