Around 100 supporters of the journalists staged a protest outside Istanbul’s main courthouse on Thursday. The demonstrators protested against a court upholding the convictions of journalists and executives from the newspaper Cumhuriyet, the last opposition daily in Turkey, and a long time opponent of President Erdogan.
The court confirmed jail sentences against 14 former newspaper staff. After the verdict, eight have to go back to prison and the remaining six, who were given sentences over five years, have the option of appealing to the Supreme Court.
The government’s case against Cumhuriyet has sparked concerns over the suppression of free press in Turkey. A lawyer in the case said the latest ruling means “the end of the free press” in the country.
Turkey is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ 2018 Press Freedom Index.