A court in the Turkish city of Istanbul ruled last Wednesday to release three of the six journalists who were arrested while awaiting trial against them for allegedly disclosing state secrets in a series of reports articles on Turkey’s role in Libya.
The journalists in question Baris Terkoglu from Oda TV and Aydin Keser and Ferhat Çelik from the Yeni Yasam newspaper have been in prison since last March. The other three, Baris Pehlivan, Murat Agirel and Hulya Kilinç, will remain in prison for the time being, according to reports from the Anatolian news agency.
The next trial, mainly covering the funeral of a member of the secret service who died in Libya, is scheduled for September 9. A seventh journalist who is in Germany is being tried “in absentia”.
According to court records, Agirel would have been the first to reveal the identity of the secret service agents and to share their names and several photos on Twitter.