Turkey releases 4 journalists charged with plot against government

March 13, 2012 8:49 am 

ISTANBUL, March 13 — Four Turkish journalists who were arrested on charge of a plot to overthrow the government were released by an Istanbul court on Monday.

Two of the journalists to be freed, Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener, have been under arrest for 375 days.

The court had previously ruled against the two prominent journalists, who were detained for their suspected link to the Ergenekon clique, an alleged ultranationalist gang accused of plotting the government's overthrow.

Sik flatly denied the charges during a hearing of the probe against him, which is part of the ongoing Ergenekon investigation.

Currently, some 100 media employees are being jailed in Turkey, although the government says that they are not prosecuted for what they have reported. The European Union and the United States have expressed concerns over the journalists' treatment in Turkey. (PNA/Xinhua) RSV/mmg

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