Turkey's top court rules that two jailed journalists be released


(Reuters) – Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that jailed journalists Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay be released, saying their rights have been violated, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.

There was no immediate confirmation from the court. Ahead of the court session, lawyers had said its decision could set a precedent for dozens of other journalists being tried in Turkey.

The two journalists, who have both been in prison for more than a year, were jailed in the aftermath of a failed 2016 coup, when President Tayyip Erdogan launched a widespread crackdown that critics say is being used to stifle dissent.

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