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2 journalists released after spending 9 days in detention

Emrah Erdoğan and Hayri Demir

Journalist Emrah Erdoğan and Dihaber reporter Hayri Demir, who were detained on March 16, were released on Friday after they were held in police custody for a total of nine days.

The journalists were detained due to their stories about Rojava on the grounds that they became involved in activities on behalf of a terror organization.

They were referred to the Ankara Courthouse on Friday morning, where a court decided to release them on judicial probation after they testified.

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has increasingly tightened its grip over journalists and media outlets since a failed coup on July 15 that killed 240 people and injured a thousand more. According to a report published on Jan. 26 by new advocacy group the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF), 191 journalists are in jail, 92 are wanted and 839 have been charged in Turkey. Other sources put the number of jailed journalists at 149.

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