Eight people who were earlier dismissed from the state-run broadcaster, TRT were put in pre-trial over terror charges, media reported on Wednesday.

The arrestees included reporter Efnan Y; technician Faysal A.; engineers Serkan C. and Ozgur S.; production workers Sule R., Ugur Y., Tuba E., and Yunus G.

Detained on accusation of having used of ByLock mobile app, the suspects were charged with membership to a terrorist organization.

Turkish government considers the Gulen movement a terrorist organization, accusing it of leading the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies involvement.

ByLock is claimed to the be the top communication tool among the movement.

Turkey has jailed at least 270 journalists since last summer; of which more than 150 still remain under arrest.