After a week of opening defence statements from the eleven members of staff from Cumhuriyet accused of crimes pertaining to terrorism, the majority have been released under judicial supervision, including cartoonist Musa Kart.
The news from Istanbul tonight is better than could have been expected, ending the wholly unlawful pre-trial detention of seven of the staff and board members from the beleaguered newspaper. Naturally for the families of those returning to prison there is little comfort.
The trial is set to resume on September 11th. In the meantime Reporters sans Frontieres remind us that a plethora of such cases will be heard. The regime of President Erdoğan remains the world’s worst for the imprisonment of journalists. And the fight to prove the innocence of all concerned continues.
Next hearing in #Cumhuriyet17 trial on 11/9,keep watching! Also 13 journalists on trial 16/8, 30 & 17 separately on 19/9, 29 & 6 on 24/10…
— RSF_EECA (@RSF_EECA) July 28, 2017
Musa’s spirited defence of himself and the medium of cartooning earlier this week caught widespread attention, picked up by numerous organisations and outlets.
We welcome Musa back to the outside world, wish his family well and await to hear from him in due course.
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