Citing News and Tweets, Turkey Seeks 43 Years For Journalists

Turkish prosecutors have demanded at least 17 workers of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, most of whom are journalists, be sentenced to prison up to 43 years.

Among the suspects is cartoonist Musa Kart, who remains in prison since October last year. Ilhan Tanir, Washington-based reporter, and Ahmet Kemal Aydogdu, who ran @jeansbiri and currently behind bars, are also included among the list of suspects.

Can Dundar, Cumhuriyet’s former editor-in-chief, is exiled in Germany and known for his reporting of Syria-bound arms truck.

According to the indictment prepared by Istanbul prosecutors, most of the suspects are facing from 7 to 43 years in prison for aiding terrorist organization, targeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, praising terror groups, laying the groundwork for the coup, putting the government in a tough spot due to its publications and several interviews with militants and terrorists.

The indictment was submitted 5 months after the journalists were kept in prison. It is not clear when they will first appear before the judge. Most of the indictment is composed of tweets and news reports.

Pro-government journalist Cem Kucuk also testified as a witness as part of the investigation.

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