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>> Seven employees of an opposition newspaper in Turkey were released from prison on Saturday. That as four others were kept in custody. But the released journalists, including the publication's cartoonist and a columnists, are only free until September 11th when the next hearing takes place. Until then, they cannot leave the country and must report to police.
On Monday, the court detained the chairman of Cumhuriyet's executive committee, its chief editor, and two reporters. Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to 43 years in jail for the newspaper staff. They stand accused of targeting President Erdogan through asymmetric war methods. Since the first hearing, hundreds of people have protested outside the central Istanbul court.
They're opposed to prosecution of 17 writers, executives and lawyers of the secularist newspaper. The prosecutions came after it was alleged that Cumhuriyet was effectively taken over by the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. He's blamed for a failed coup in Turkey last July. Another accusation too that the newspaper was used to fail the actions of terrorist groups.
Cumhuriyet says the charges are imaginary accusations and slander.