Turkish Government Reprimands Top Court Over Journalists’ Release

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The Turkish Government on Friday criticised the country’s Constitutional Court for ordering the release of two journalists who had been critical of the administration.

“The court had gone beyond both its legal and constitutional authority,’’ Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag, said on Twitter.

The Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Thursday that the pair had already spent more than a year in jail.

The Ankara court ruled that the rights of Sahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan had been violated.

Both had been accused of being associated with terrorist groups after the failed coup attempt in July 2016.

Both men, as well as Cumhuriyet journalist Turhan Gunay, who had been released earlier, had submitted complaints to the court that their basic rights and press freedom had been infringed upon.

Bozdag said that the ruling was a bad and false repetition of the Can Dundar judgment, referring to a newspaper editor who was similarly released in 2016.

The editor has subsequently left Turkey and is now living in Germany.

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