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Immediate Release of Can Dundar and Erdem Gul

On November 26, 2015, two journalists, Can Dundar, the editor of Cumhuriyet and Erdem Gul, Ankara editor of the same daily,   arrested in Turkey. They are charged with the crime of publicizing government secrets and aiding terror organizations. In June, Cumhuriyet had published photographs and footage of a convoy heading to Syria carrying weapons hidden underneath boxes of medicine. According to Cumhuriyet, some 1,000 mortar shells, grenade launchers and ammunitions of Soviet origin were found amid antibiotics and other equipment. Turkish government vehemently denied supplying weapons to jihadist groups in Syria, such as the al-Nusra Front, despite its open opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

After the search, Ankara launched a crackdown on those who ordered and carried it the search, and four prosecutors have been subsequently arrested as  30 security officers are facing a series of criminal charges including military espionage and attempting to overthrow the government. Turkish president Erdogan shortly waded in and personally filed a criminal complaint against Turkish daily Cumhuriyet and its chief editor, Can Dundar, who he accused of espionage over a report linking Ankara's intelligence agency to rebel groups in the neighbouring country.

Can Dundar and Erdem Gul have been arrested based on trumped up charges while simply doing their jobs protected by freedom of press and freedom expression. They have to be released immediately.

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