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2 Journalist Charged By Turkey with Espionage for Accusing State Intelligence

According to the reporters, two prominent journalists had been detained on charges of espionage and aiding an armed terrorist organization, as per to a news report.

As per the Turkey`s semiofficial Anadolu Agency, after the three hours of questioning at an Istanbul at an Istanbul court, two journalists named, Can Dundar, editor in chief of Turkey daily newspaper Cumhuriet, and Erdem Gul, the newspaper`s Ankara bureau chief had been detained.

Both of the journalists had been charged with obtaining and revealing confidential state security information for political or military espionage, and with willfully aiding an armed terrorist organization, as reported by the news agency.

As said by a Turkish government official, reached by CNN for comment, “This is a judicial process, and we are following it.” He refused to be identified either by name or department.

On Friday, thousands had been gathered across Istanbul to protest the detaining of two prominent journalists on charges of espionage over a report alleging that the intelligence services of the country had been sent arms shipments to Islamist insurgents in Syria.

If both of them found guilty, they would be sentenced to life imprisonment. In several parts of Istanbul, the demonstrations against the arrests were being held.

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