Turkish reporters defiant over press freedom case

Can Dundar (C), editor-in-chief of leading opposition daily Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gul, his Ankara bureau chief, are charged with espionage and revealing state secretsThe controversial trial of two well-known Turkish journalists entered its second day Friday, with the defendants defiant in a case seen as a test of press freedom under the increasingly autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of leading opposition daily Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gul, his Ankara bureau chief, are charged with espionage and revealing state secrets over a story accusing the government of seeking to illicitly deliver arms to rebels in Syria. The prosecution of the journalists has sparked outrage among opposition and rights groups in Turkey as well as in the West, where it is seen as proof of Erdogan’s determination to silence his opponents.

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