Sözcü journalists on trial
At a hearing for journalists from the opposition daily Sözcü, in Istanbul, on April 18, the prosecutor asked that seven staff members be found guilty for “willingly and knowingly helping a [terrorist] organization without being in its hierarchical structure,” the news website Diken reported. The prosecutors argued that Sözcü was aiding FETÖ as a part of the failed 2016 attempted coup.
CPJ previously documented how the indictment, viewed by CPJ, accused Sözcü of being pro-FETÖ because both Hizmet and the paper made similar criticisms of the ruling AKP party. Sözcü is a newspaper that strongly opposes the leading Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Hizmet Movement–a former ally of the AKP that the ruling party refers to as FETÖ and blames for