Two prominent Turkish journalist was sentenced to prison at least five years on charges of leaking state secrets, Saturday (07/05/2016). The decision was taken just hours after a gunman tried to shoot one of them outside an Istanbul court.
Can Dunbar, chief editor of the opposition newspaper “Cumhuriyet”, which was not injured in the shooting, was sentenced to five-year and ten months. Meanwhile, Erdem Gul, Ankara bureau chief, was sentenced to five years in prison. They are also suspected of several other charges, including trying to oust the government.
The case, the President Tayyip Erdogan called “spotters”, brought protests from rights groups as well as anxiety over press freedom in Turkey, a member state of NATO and a candidate for EU membership Several hours before the allegations submitted, a gunman tried to shoot Dunbar.
The shooting trial marks a more dangerous situation in Turkey, a country that in recent months shaken by terror bombings by rebels from Turkey and neighboring Syria militants.
The gunman shouted “traitor” before releasing at least two shots. The shots wounded a journalist who was covering. An eyewitness said the attackers then secured by security officers.
Before firing, the men approached the journalists and said that he had been waiting since morning and hope Dundar punished. No known motive and background of the man.
“We had twice attempted murder in two hours, one by the arms and the other by the law,” said Dundar after running the trial “There is always a concern that the high command of police officers played a role in this case,” he said.
Dundar and Gul had previously been threatened with life imprisonment on charges of spying and publish stories about the activities of the secret services that bring in arms to Syria in 2014.
Erdogan stated that the truck was stopped by officers and police while on his way to the Syrian border in January 2014 and is the property of the National Intelligence Organization, and they bring relief to the Turkish army take on President Bashar al-Assad and the militant group ISIS.
Erdogan later accused the two journalists had been harassing Turkey’s international reputation and vowed that his actions Dundar have to pay dearly.