Members of journalism unions shout slogans and hold placards "reading: Freedom for journalist" on November 29, 2015 in Istanbul, during a demonstration after the arrest of their Editor in Chief. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE
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A Turkish court Tuesday threw out an appeal against the detention of two editors from a top daily newspaper as a global media rights watchdog launched a major petition for their release.The case of the two journalists – both hugely prominent figures on the Turkish media scene – has amplified concerns about press freedom in Turkey under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire said the Turkish authorities appeared to prosecute journalists more than IS jihadists.The case has also come amid growing concern over the numbers of journalists and members of the public facing legal proceedings in Turkey on allegations of insulting Erdogan.The arrest of the journalists came just three days ahead of Sunday's EU summit that agreed a deal with Turkey on refugees and was seen as kick-starting the country's long-stalled EU membership bid.
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