“Edison wouldn’t have invented the bulb if he saw these days,” Atilla Taş, a jailed pop star turned journalist wrote on Twitter two years ago, in an apparent reference to the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) corporate logo.
An indictment prepared against him stated: “It is considered that he spread an anti-government propaganda with this sharing,” according to journalist Yaman Akdeniz.
Atilla Taş were jailed along with a number of journalists as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of being behind the July 15 coup attempt, in early September, last year.
Taş wrote columns for Meydan, a newspaper affiliated with the movement until it was shut down by the government.
The first hearing in Taş’s trial started on Mar 27 and was expected to continue on Mar 28.
Turkey is the worst jailer of journalists in the world with some 160 journalists under pre-trial arrest. The pressure against dissidents and media personnel in particular has intensified after the coup attempt.