The Ankara 22nd High Criminal Court has handed down jail sentences of varying lengths to journalists from the state-run Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) on charges of “membership in a terrorist group.”
According to the https://jailedjournos.com/2019/02/26/trt/, Ahmet Özdemir, Ali Hancı, Ahmet Çat, Beşir Elmas, Abdullah Yeldan, Enes Bora, Evren Kara, Koray Demirci, Selçuk Çelik, Şaban Harman, Özkan Püsküllü, Hüseyin Arslan, Özgür Aksoy, Salih Üzer, Mehmet Kuş, Ali Suat Günek, Emrah Timuçun Yazıcı, Kubilay Süslü, Ertan Rıdha, Murat Karaca, Hamza Günerigök and Ali Fuat Ayhan received sentences of 6 years, three months each over “membership in an armed terrorist organization.”
Cumali Çaygeç, Ayhan Baykara, İbrahim Öztürk, Sinan Güneş, Sezai Yavaş, Tuğrul Çakır, Serkan Canbaz, Yunus Ayhan, Şefik Cürebal, Hakan Karaca, Nurdan Ayşe Coşkun aynı suçtan 6 yıl 10 ay 15’er gün, Eşref Üzüm, Orhan Tokmak, Osman Taha Sirkeci and Niyazi Özkan were handed down sentences of seven years, six months each.
Mehmet Akif Öztürk and Eyüp Keser were given eight years, nine months on similar charges.
Turkey is the biggest jailer of journalists in the world, according to CPJ. Arresting hunderds of journalists since a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, the Turkish government has also closed down about 200 media outlets so far.