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Turkish court upholds sentences against Cumhuriyet journalists

Today 19:05 GMT

A Turkish appeals court Tuesday upheld jail sentences against journalists and staff members from the independent Cumhuriyet newspaper that's highly critical of the government.

Cumhuriyet reported that seven staff and journalists, including cartoonist Musa Kart, would not be able to appeal again because their sentences were under five years. Last year, 14 staff from Cumhuriyet were convicted on terrorism-related charges in what was widely criticized as a political assault against one of Turkey's last bastions of critical media.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte