21 out of 26 journalists who have been in pre-trial detention for eight months were released pending trial by İstanbul 25th High Criminal Court on Friday.
The journalists were accused of membership in the Gülen movement, which has been designated as a terror organization by the Turkish government and accused of orchestrating a failed coup on July 15, 2016.
The journalists who were released are as follows: Abdullah Kılıç, Ahmet Memiş, Ali Akkuş, Atilla Taş, Bayram Kaya, Bünyamin Köseli, Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Cihan Acar, Cuma Ulus, Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, Habip Güler, Halil İbrahim Balta, Hanım Büşra Erdal, Hüseyin Aydın, Muhammet Sait Kuloğlu, Murat Aksoy, Mustafa Erkan Acar, Oğuz Usluer, Seyid Kılıç, Yakup Çetin ve Yetkin Yıldız
Meanwhile, the court decided to keep journalists Davut Aydın, Emre Soncan, Mutlu Çölgeçen, Ufuk Şanlı and Ünal Tanık in pre-trial detention.
With the release of 21 people, total number of the jailed journalists accross Turkey is now 125.
According to a tally by Turkeypurge.com, 149 media outlets have been shut down by government decrees and 162 journalists arrested since the failed coup of July 15, 2016.
The movement denies any involvement.
Over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the Gülen movement since the coup attempt, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10.
As of March 23, 94,982 people were being held without charge, with an additional 47,128 in pre-trial detention due to their alleged links to the movement. A total of 7,317 academics were purged as well as 4,272 judges and prosecutors, who were dismissed due to alleged involvement in the July 15 coup attempt.