Six of 21 journalists who had been in pre-trial detention for eight months and were released pending trial on Friday were detained again early on Saturday.
The İstanbul 25th High Criminal Court had ruled on Friday for the release of 21 out of 26 journalists who were accused of membership in the faith-based Gülen movement, which has been designated as a terror organization by the Turkish government and accused of orchestrating a failed coup last summer.
According to Anadolu News Agency report, İstanbul Prosecutor Office launched a new investigation about released journalists Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, Yakup Çetin, Bünyamin Köseli, Cihan Acar, Abdullah Kılıç and Oğuz Usluer for “trying to destroy constitutional order and topple the government.”
Prosecutor’s objection to release of 8 journalist including Hanım Büşra Erdal was also accepted by the court, report said.
The new decision came after a large campaign run by pro-Erdogan media for re detention of the released journalist.