Two activists freed after arrest over support for pro-Kurdish media

The Turkish representative for Reporters Without Borders and leading human rights activist were freed Thursday in Istanbul after being arrested on accusations of spreading propaganda.

The Dogan news agency reported that Erol Onderoglu of the journalist advocacy group and Sebnem Korur Fincani, chairman of the Turkish Human Rights Foundation, were let go after 10 days in custody.

The two were released after the court determined that they posed no flight risk before their scheduled November 8 trial.

A third activist, journalist Ahmet Aziz Nesin, remained jailed after a decision on his release could not be reached.

Defence attorney Ozcan Kilic said that Turkish prosecutors are investigating the activists under the country's controversial anti-terrorism laws, which have been condemned by human rights activists.

The three could face extensive prison terms if found guilty of accusations of spreading "terrorist" propaganda.

They were among several people arrested June 20 over their support for a pro-Kurdish newspaper that has been under pressure from the government over alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

They had stepped in as symbolic editors for a day in support of Ozgur Gundem, joining more than 40 other prominent journalists and public figures in a campaign this year to support the paper, with investigations opened against many, the Dogan report said Monday.

Last update: Fri, 08/07/2016 - 18:56

More from Europe

Italy police arrest seven linked to online global paedophile network

Seven paedophiles linked to a global online network that counted tens of thousands of affiliates have been arrested...

Turkey now top 10 destination for German arms amid refugee crisis

Turkey has jumped into the top 10 in the rankings of destinations for German arms exports as Ankara responds to...

EU proposes corporate tax reforms to cut red tape, tackle abuse

The European Commission unveiled proposals Tuesday aimed at streamlining corporate tax rules across EU member states...

EU Parliament lifts Le Pen immunity over alleged racial slur

The European Parliament on Tuesday lifted the immunity of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France's far-right...

Sweden lowers projection for number of asylum seekers in 2016

Tighter border checks introduced by the European Union and individual European states were Tuesday cited as the main...