Turkey Releases Journalists Pending Trial

hhhhhA Turkish court on Tuesday freed pending trial two opposition journalists charged with plotting a coup over a magazine cover criticising President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s November election win, local media reported.

Nokta magazine’s editor-in-chief Cevheri Güven and managing editor Mürat Çapan, who face jail terms of up to 20 years each on charges of provoking armed rebellion against the Turkish Republic, were released pending trial.

Police then raided the Istanbul offices of Nokta and detained the two editors over the cover that read: “The start of civil war in Turkey.”

An Istanbul court later ordered that the magazine’s latest edition be withdrawn from the shelves, accusing it of inciting the public to commit a crime.