(CNN)A Turkish court sentenced six journalists and other media professionals to life in prison Friday, Turkey’s Anadolu state news agency reported, roughly an hour after another court freed a German-Turkish reporter who had been behind bars for a year. The six were all sentenced for being associated with the movement of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, which Turkey accuses of being behind a failed coup attempt in July 2016. Journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak received life sentences on the charge of being informed about the coup attempt beforehand. Their sentence officially means they must serve 40 years. They were also sentenced for attempting to disrupt constitutional order, as were Fevzi Yazıcı, Yakup Şimşek and Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül, who worked at Gulen-linked newspapers and a television station. “This is a dark day for press freedom and for justice in Turkey and sets a chilling precedent for scores of other journalists facing trials on similar trumped-up terrorism charges,” said Gauri van Gulik, Europe director for Amnesty International, of the sentencing. Read More Freed journalist returns to Germany Earlier Friday, a separate court in Istanbul freed Deniz Yucel, a correspondent for Germany’s Die Welt newspaper, according to the German government…. Read full this story
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