Turkey charges five more journalists over coup plot

By REUTERS
March 7, 2011 09:54




ISTANBUL - A Turkish court charged four journalists and a writer early on Monday with involvement in an alleged plot to overthrow the government, but prosecutors said the detentions were not due to their journalism.

A day earlier two journalists who have written investigative books about clandestine activities within the state were also jailed pending trial in a case which has raised the political temperature in Turkey ahead of a June parliamentary election.

The European Union, which Turkey aims to join, the United States and human rights groups have voiced concerns about the implications of the detentions for Ankara's commitment to media freedom and democratic principles.


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