[UPDATE] DİHA journalist Oruç released today, detained again

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Şerife Oruç, a journalist for the now-closed Dicle News Agency (DİHA), was detained on Monday again after the Batman 2nd High Criminal Court ruled to release her on probation during the fourth hearing of her trial in which she stands accused of membership in a “terrorist group.”

According to the Gazete Karınca news website, she was detained over a separate case.

Oruç was working for DİHA, closed down by the Turkish government in October 2016, when she was detained on July 5, 2016 along with journalists Muzaffer Tunç and Emrullah Oruç.

The next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 27.

Turkey is ranked 157th among 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) 2018 World Press Freedom Index.

Turkey is the biggest jailer of journalists in the world. As of July 7, 61 journalists had been convicted, while 179 are in pre-trial detention and 143 are the subject of outstanding detention warrants.

The government closed almost 200 media outlets with government decrees issued after a coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016.

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