An Istanbul court handed down 6-month prison sentence to the pro-Kurdish Özgürlükçü Demokrasi’s managing editor Harun Epli and the online news portal’s former editor-in-chief Ersin Çaksu.

The court reduced the punishment down to 5 months for each while also suspending it on probation.

The journalists are charged of “defaming the state apparatus and its military unit in public.”

The investigation against the journalists had been prepared after a news story on Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, titled “The operation: Killing Children,” claimed that Turkish soldiers killed children in Syria’s northern villages.