An İstanbul court on Monday accepted an indictment against 29 Turkish journalists, who were arrested after a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, over alleged membership in a “terrorist organization.”
The indictment, prepared by İstanbul prosecutor Murat Çağlak, calls for 10-year jail sentences for the journalists, most of whom worked for media outlets affiliated with the faith-based Gülen movement.
The indictment of 29 jailed journalists reveals that they are accused of membership in a terrorist organization due to their stories, critical tweets and retweets in the absence of evidence of any violent activity or the means to engage in violence.
Those indicted include Zaman daily journalists such as Ali Akkuş, Büşra Erdal, Hanım Bünyamin Köseli, Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Habib Güler, Halil İbrahim Balta, Mustafa Erkan Acar, Bayram Kaya, Yakup Çetin and Emre Soncan.
Zaman, which was taken over by the government in March 2016, was closed down along with dozens of other media outlets due to their links to the Gülen movement following a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.