Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Turkey Arraigns 9 from Opposition Newspaper

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Turkey Arraigns 9 from Opposition Newspaper

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ISTANBUL - Nine journalists, staff members and executives from Turkish opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet were arraigned on terrorism-related charges, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday.

Among those arraigned was Murat Sabuncu, the editor-in-chief, who was detained with other staff members Monday and have since been in custody. Cartoonist Musa Kart was also arrested, the newspaper confirmed.

Friday, nine members of Parliament from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party, known as HDP, were also arrested on terrorism-related charges. The arrests were condemned by the European Union.

The crackdown on the Kurdish politicians and the media began after a failed coup attempt in July by a faction of the military. About 35,000 people were arrested and tens of thousands of civil servants were fired. …

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