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Turkey: the Cümhuriyet Journalists’ Trial

On Monday 24 of July 2017 at Caglayan law court in Istanbul, the trial of 17 team members of Turkish newspaper Cümhuriyet, arrested nine months ago, started. They are accused of supporting a “terrorist organization”, more precisely Fethullah Gülen’s, pointed out by Ankara as the instigator of the 2016 coup.

For the first day of trial, human rights activists, Turkish & international NGOs, deputies, friends and family, came to support the editorial board members – including the cartoonist Musa Kart – who risk between 7 and 43 years of imprisonment. On Friday 28 of July, the judge will decide: the defendants may appear in front of court without detention pending trial, or they could stay in Silivri jail.

Being one of Turkey’s reference newspaper, Cümhuriyet is also the oldest newspaper of the country (93 years). It employed 230 staff members and 50 000 copies used to be printed. This independent opposition newspaper, managed by journalists, is one of the few not possessed by the state or by private groups. In the media landscape of Erdogan’s “democratorship”, the Cümhuriyet journalists’ critical tone against the government bothers an every time more authoritarian and worrying power.

Update 28/07: The majority of Cümhuriyet’s journalists have been released under judicial supervision, including cartoonist Musa Kart. Four leading figures of the newspaper remain in custody. The trial is set to resume on September 11th.

To see our previous weekly editorials on international news, take a look here!

  • Semih Poroy (Turquie / Turkey), Libération
    Turkey: the Cümhuriyet Journalists’ Trial - Semih Poroy (Turquie / Turkey), Libération
    Onze des détenus de l'équipe de Cümhuriyet/Eleven of the Cümhuriyet prisoners. Debout de gauche à droite/Standing left to right: Kadri Gürsel, Murat Sabuncu, Kemal Güngör, Ahmet Sik, Turhan Günay et/and Musa Kart. Accroupis de gauche à droite/Sitting from left to right: Önder Çelik, Güray Öz, Akin Atalay, Hakan Kara et/and Bülent Utku.
  • Cost. (Belgique / Belgium)
    Turkey: the Cümhuriyet Journalists’ Trial - Cost. (Belgique / Belgium)
    "Libérez Musa Kart"
  • Firuz Kutal (Norvège / Norway)
    Turkey: the Cümhuriyet Journalists’ Trial - Firuz Kutal (Norvège / Norway)
    "Le dessinateur Musa Kart"
  • Boligán (Mexique / Mexico), El Universal
    Turkey: the Cümhuriyet Journalists’ Trial - Boligán (Mexique / Mexico), El Universal
  • Gargalo (Portugal), Cartoon Movement
    Turkey: the Cümhuriyet Journalists’ Trial - Gargalo (Portugal), Cartoon Movement
  • Firoozeh (Iran)
    Turkey: the Cümhuriyet Journalists’ Trial - Firoozeh (Iran)
  • Ivailo Tsvetkov (Bulgarie / Bulgaria)
    Turkey: the Cümhuriyet Journalists’ Trial - Ivailo Tsvetkov (Bulgarie / Bulgaria)
  • Gado (Kenya)
    Turkey: the Cümhuriyet Journalists’ Trial - Gado (Kenya)
  • Joep Bertrams (Pays-Bas / The Netherlands), De Groene Amsterdammer
    Turkey: the Cümhuriyet Journalists’ Trial - Joep Bertrams (Pays-Bas / The Netherlands), De Groene Amsterdammer
    "Presse libre"
  • Kichka (Israël / Israel)
    Turkey: the Cümhuriyet Journalists’ Trial - Kichka (Israël / Israel)
    Stalin to Erdogan: "Congrats Erdo!!"
  • Cintia Bolio (Mexique / Mexico)
    Turkey: the Cümhuriyet Journalists’ Trial - Cintia Bolio (Mexique / Mexico)
    "Libérez Musa Kart!"
  • Antonio Rodríguez (Mexique / Mexico), Cartoon Movement
    Turkey: the Cümhuriyet Journalists’ Trial - Antonio Rodríguez (Mexique / Mexico), Cartoon Movement
    "Libérez Musa Kart"
  • Semih Poroy (Turquie / Turkey), Libération
  • Cost. (Belgique / Belgium)
  • Firuz Kutal (Norvège / Norway)
  • Boligán (Mexique / Mexico), El Universal
  • Gargalo (Portugal), Cartoon Movement
  • Firoozeh (Iran)
  • Ivailo Tsvetkov (Bulgarie / Bulgaria)
  • Gado (Kenya)
  • Joep Bertrams (Pays-Bas / The Netherlands), De Groene Amsterdammer
  • Kichka (Israël / Israel)
  • Cintia Bolio (Mexique / Mexico)
  • Antonio Rodríguez (Mexique / Mexico), Cartoon Movement