An ambulance arrives at Justice Palace in Istanbul March 31, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Turkish prosecutors Tuesday asked for jail sentences of up to seven and a half years for 18 journalists on charges of making propaganda for a terrorist group after publishing a picture from an Istanbul hostage siege.The journalists charged from nine different newspapers included the editor-in-chief of the pro-opposition Cumhuriyet daily Can Dundar who has repeatedly locked horns with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz was held hostage by two captors linked to the Marxist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) at his office at Istanbul's main Palace of Justice on March 31 .The DHKP-C had during the siege published pictures showing one of the militants -- his face concealed by a scarf with the group's red and yellow insignia -- holding a gun to the hostage's head in the prosecutor's offices.
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