An Adana court on Thursday handed down a suspended sentence to visually impaired journalist Cüneyt Arat for praising Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and the Gülen movement he inspired.
Announcing the news from his Twitter account, Arat wrote: “Judge Ender Genç gave me a prison sentence of 11 months. If I don’t praise them [Gülen and the Gülen movement] for one year, he said my sentence will be canceled. I am not going to jail, I am free.”
Arat was arrested on July 21 for social media posts that allegedly praise the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15.
The disabled journalist was placed under house arrest wearing an electronic ankle bracelet until February.
This article originally appeared in Turkish Minute on June 2.