Turkish journalists accused of 'terror propaganda'

Journalists may be indicted for publishing photos of armed kidnapper pointing a gun at an abducted prosecutor in March.

    Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, is among the accused [AP]
    Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, is among the accused [AP]

    Turkish prosecutors are seeking prison sentences of up to seven and a half years for 18 journalists they accuse of "engaging in propaganda of a terror group" for publishing photos showing a gunman pointing a gun at an abducted prosecutor in March.

    The state-run Anadolu Agency reported late on Tuesday that an indictment prepared by the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office is demanding prison terms for editors of nine newspapers, including Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper.

    The indictment has yet to be approved by a court.

    Prosecutor killed

    Mehmet Selim Kiraz, the abducted prosecutor, was investigating the killing of Berkin Elvan, who died in March last year after spending 269 days in a coma due to injuries inflicted by police in the mass protests of early summer 2013.

    The hostage-takers, who belonged to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP/C), an outlawed leftist group, had announced a list of demands for his release, including that the officer who shot Elvan must appear on TV and confess his guilt.

    The prosecutor was killed in a failed hostage rescue operation.

    The photos in question showed gunmen pointing a gun at the prosecutor.

    At the time, Turkey blocked access to social networking sites Twitter and YouTube for several hours over the photos.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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