Cumhuriyet journalists released from custody after 92 days

Cumhuriyet journalists released from custody after 92 days

Ankara, February 26, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Manolis Kostidis

They were accused of going public with the story of the MIT trucks carrying weapon to Syria

After 92 days in custody were released the director of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and the correspondent of the same newspaper Erdem Gül, after the Turkish Constitutional Court’s decision for violation of the right to personal freedom and security, violation of statement of thought and freedom of its expression and violation of press freedom.

The two journalists had been arrested for an article published in July 2015 in Cumhuriyet, in which they presented documents claiming that trucks of the Turkish secret service (MIT) were transporting weapons to Syria.

In the court’s decision it is stated that there is no strong suspicion of criminal activity.

Erdem and Dündar are being accused as agents who were revealing state secrets.

Immediately after his release, Dündar stated: “it is a historic decision that paves the way for the freedom of expression of the press. The cost that we paid in comparison to the cost paid by journalists in Turkey is nothing. We stayed in prison for three months and we will not complain about it, when so many journalists and many people have spend for so many years in prison”.

The representative of the Turkish presidency İbrahim Kalin said that “the release is not acquittal” and stressed that the Presidency will closely monitor the process of the trial of the two journalists’ case.