Can Dündar, a prominent Turkish journalist and editor of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in jail on Friday, May 6, 2016. His colleague, Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gül, received a sentence of 5 years in prison.
Just hours before the sentence, Dündar narrowly missed an assassination attempt outside the court (another journalist was wounded in the shooting).
Both Dündar and Gül were convicted of "revealing state secrets" after a trial criticized by human rights organizations around the world. A spokesperson for Amnesty International called the convictions a "travesty of justice".
These sentences are a grim reminder of the poor state of media and press freedom in Turkey (ranked 151st of 180 countries by Reporters without Borders).
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