Turkish reporters go on trial in closed-door press freedom case

Turkish daily Cumhuriyet's editor-in-chief Can Dundar (L) and Ankara editor Erdem Gul (R) hold hands as they arrive at the Istanbul courthouse before his trial on March 25, 2016Two Turkish journalists went on trial in Istanbul Friday facing possible life terms on controversial espionage charges, with the court immediately barring the public from a case seen as a test of press freedom under 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. Several opposition politicians refused to leave, prompting the judge to adjourn the trial until April 1.

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