Journalist Turgut Usul who was earlier sacked from the state-run broadcaster TRT has been arrested pending trial on terror charges.

Removed from his TRT job with a government’s post-coup decree, Usul was arrested as part of an Ankara-based investigation into the Gulen movement.

Usul is accused of membership to the movement, which the government blames for the July 15, 2016 coup attempt. The movement denies involvement.

A total of 189 journalists passed through police custody in Turkey while 58 of them were remanded in prison in 2017, according to a recent report by the Free Journalists Initiative (ÖGİ).

According to Turkey Purge’s own count, 310 journalists have been remanded pending trial since the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, with 180 of them still being kept behind bars.

Turkey is the biggest jailer of the journalists in the world, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said earlier last month.

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