Recognizing that the rights of imprisoned journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan had been violated, the Constitutional Court (AYM) ruled their release. “I didn’t see the content of the decision but I hope it will pave the way for the release of all journalists. Freedom of expression can be maintained in Turkey”, lawyer Veysel Ok stated. Strong supporter of the Accession of Turkey to the European Union, Mehmet Hasan Altan (1953) is a Turkish academic and journalist, author of over 25 books. He was arrested during the first detention wave, following the July 2016 coup attempt. Alpay (1944) is a writer, journalist and political scientist. Back from Sweden (were he completed his PhD program) he worked for several newspaper - among them “Cumhuriyet”, “Sabah”, “Milliyet”, “Zaman” - and TV channel. He had been jailed pending trial in Zaman case.
All the contents on the Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso website are distributed with a Creative Commons licence when not indicated otherwise. If you want to publish this article again on your blog or website you can do so using the the wording "this article was originally published on Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso", including a direct active link to the original article page and indicating the author's name. An email to the following address informing the editors that the article has been republished is welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org