Two activists freed after arrest over support for pro-Kurdish media

The Turkish representative for Reporters Without Borders and leading human rights activist were freed Thursday in Istanbul after being arrested on accusations of spreading propaganda.

The Dogan news agency reported that Erol Onderoglu of the journalist advocacy group and Sebnem Korur Fincani, chairman of the Turkish Human Rights Foundation, were let go after 10 days in custody.

The two were released after the court determined that they posed no flight risk before their scheduled November 8 trial.

A third activist, journalist Ahmet Aziz Nesin, remained jailed after a decision on his release could not be reached.

Defence attorney Ozcan Kilic said that Turkish prosecutors are investigating the activists under the country's controversial anti-terrorism laws, which have been condemned by human rights activists.

The three could face extensive prison terms if found guilty of accusations of spreading "terrorist" propaganda.

They were among several people arrested June 20 over their support for a pro-Kurdish newspaper that has been under pressure from the government over alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

They had stepped in as symbolic editors for a day in support of Ozgur Gundem, joining more than 40 other prominent journalists and public figures in a campaign this year to support the paper, with investigations opened against many, the Dogan report said Monday.

Last update: Fri, 08/07/2016 - 18:56
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