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Another journalist sentenced to 7.5 years on terror charges

The Ankara 26th High Criminal Court on Monday handed down a seven year, six month sentence to journalist Kazım Canlan after he was convicted of involvement in terrorist activities, the tr724 news website reported.

Canlan worked for the Cihan news agency, which was closed by government decree after a coup attempt in 2016, and the pro-government Yeni Şafak newspaper in Ankara.

He attended the last session of the trial through the SEGBİS video-conference system from Mersin, where he has been held in pretrial detention.

According to a Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) report, 191 journalists in Turkey have been arrested, 142 are currently being sought and 62 have been convicted.

In the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, prepared by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Turkey is ranked 157th among 180 countries in terms of freedom of the press.

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