Ten months ago, Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper published a story about Turkish intelligence lorries allegedly carrying weapons to rebels in Syria.

This is a struggle for democracy and as soon as we break through this barrier of fear, people will learn to write freely once again.

Can Dundar, Cumhuriyet newspaper

The story didn't go down well with the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed: "The person who wrote this story will pay a heavy price for it; I won't let him go unpunished."

Sending a chill across the Turkish media landscape, Can Dundar, the Cumhuriyet's editor-in-chief and his Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gul, were charged with espionage, revealing classified information and membership in a terrorist organisation.

The two men spent three months in prison before a Constitutional Court ruling set them free however the president has made it clear that the case is not closed.

The Listening Post's Richard Gizbert talks to journalist Can Dundar about the Turkish government's steamrolling of the press, the reporting that landed him in jail, and why he is still on President Erdogan's radar.

Source: Al Jazeera