Turkish magazine editors sentenced to 22 years, six months for provoking rebellion against government

Istanbul: An Istanbul court sentenced two magazine chiefs to 22 years and six months in prison for fomenting an armed rebellion against the government, media reports said on Monday.

The court ordered that Cevheri Guven and Murat Capan, editors of the investigative Nokta magazine, be jailed immediately, reported private daily Milliyet and Dogan news agency .

Nokta was closed on 27 July last year along with 130 other media outlets in an ongoing crackdown by Turkey's authorities that has seen around 159 journalists jailed as of the end of April.

File image of a protest against crackdown on press freedom in Istanbul. Reuters

File image of a protest against crackdown on press freedom in Istanbul. Reuters

Guven and Capan had published an issue of the magazine in 2015 which said on the cover a "civil war" was to begin in Turkey on 2 November. This was the date when Turkey held its parliamentary election that year after president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP party failed to secure a majority for the first time since 2002.

The Turkish government is using its vast powers under an ongoing state of emergency to carry out a massive purge of media accused of links to the failed military coup last July and its alleged orchestrator, controversial US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, according to watchdogs.

Gulen and 27 former generals were among 221 suspects accused of being behind the botched July 2016 coup who went on trial in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Monday.

Gulen has denied any involvement in the coup attempt and is among nine defendants being tried in absentia.

Updated Date: May 23, 2017 08:39 AM

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