Turks jail 3 journalists for alleged plot against gov't

February 18, 2011 09:59

ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish court on Friday jailed three journalists of a dissident news website pending trial on charges of links to an alleged network accused of plotting to topple the country's Islamic-rooted government.

The court ruling involved Soner Yalcin, the owner of Odatv, and two of his colleagues, whose offices and homes were raided by police earlier this week. That caused US Ambassador Francis Ricciardone to express concern about media freedoms in Turkey.

The Turkish government criticized the ambassador for interfering in Turkey's internal affairs and claimed Turkey has more press freedoms than most countries, including the Unites States.

About 400 people, including journalists, academics and retired officers, already are on trial in the alleged plot, known as Ergenekon.

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