TEHRAN, April 2, YJC - Istanbul’s Chief Prosecutor’s Office has ordered the re-arrest of 21 journalists who were supposed to be released from detention by order of an Istanbul court.
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The journalists had been detained in connection with the failed coup attempt in Turkey last year.
Twenty-one journalists have been re-arrested after Istanbul's High Criminal Court ordered them to be released from detention, where they were kept for several months on suspicion of being linked to the failed coup attempt last year.
The court's decision was reversed by the Chief Prosecutor's Office in Istanbul, which claimed new had evidence emerged and that the journalists would face new charges now. According to a Middle East Eye report, the journalists will face charges of attempting to overthrow the government last year.
"The families of the journalists had gathered in front of the gates of the Silivri Prison, west of Istanbul, to take them home after eight months in jail, but they were left waiting with no explanation on why the release had been delayed," the MEE report reads.
Turkey currently ranks number one in terms of journalists in detention, according to the TurkeyPurge website.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an international organization, has called on Turkish authorities to release and drop charges against all journalists currently in detention.
"The unprecedented crackdown on the press has deprived Turkish citizens of independent coverage on subjects of vital public interest and has contributed to the rapid decline of democratic governance in the country," said Nina Ognianova, CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator.
Journalists in Turkey are currently facing a harsh crackdown from the Turkish government. The official position of the Turkish government is that journalism is used as a disguise for terrorists and militants who seek to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sputnik reported.