Turkish journalist released from jail

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Associated Press

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 27 at 1:03 PM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has freed a prominent journalist from prison pending the outcome of a trial that has raised fears for press freedoms in Turkey.

The Anadolu Agency says the court in Istanbul released Soner Yalcin, the owner of an opposition news website, from custody on Thursday. He had been jailed for nearly two years.

Yalcin is among 13 defendants who are on trial accused of forming the media wing of an alleged secularist network that prosecutors accuse of plotting to topple Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government.

The defendants reject the accusations.

Dozens of journalists have been jailed on terrorism charges in Turkey, prompting the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders to describe the country this month as the "world's biggest prison for journalists."

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