Two Turkish Journalists Going Back To Jail After Sentences Upheld In Libya Case

Two Turkish journalists, Barıs Pehlivan and Murat Agırel, who were sentenced to several years of jail-term, are going back to prison to serve the remaining of their sentences.

On February 2, the Istanbul Regional Appeals Court upheld their convictions concerning the journalists’ reports on the funeral of an intelligence officer killed in Libya, as a result they are going back to jail.

Both the journalists were accused of revealing state secrets and kept in pre-trial detention for several months in 2020 over the charges.

It was on September 9, 2020, when the Istanbul 34th Heavy Penal Court sentenced Pehlivan to three years and nine months jail-term, and Agirel to four year and eight months over the case. But, they were released on the same day after a pending appeal.

Taking to twitter, Pehlivan shared a photo of him in front of Istanbul Caglayan Courthouse and said, “For the third time we are here, we are going…Goodbye for now.”

Pehlivan has been sent to prison three times in the last 12 years.

Agirel also took to twitter to express his anger over the decision, saying “Today, I am going back to jail. Those who could not refute anything I have written so far think that they can silence me by justice.”

Agirel furthered, “To not stay silent and do not be afraid.”

Opposition party has always criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for undermining the freedom of press since a 2016 attempted coup.

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