Can Dundar (2R), Cumhuriyet newspaper's editor-in-chief, and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul (C) are greeted by supporters after being released from Silivri prison in Istanbul on February 26,2016. / AFP / CUMHURIYET DAILY NEWSPAPER / CAN EROK
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The release of two prominent Turkish journalists following a ruling by Turkey's top court that their rights had been violated is a "clear defeat" for President Tayyip Erdogan, one of them said Wednesday.Erdogan has said he does not respect the court's decision.The court's decision, which affirmed Dundar and Gul were acting as journalists, should pave the way for an acquittal at the first hearing on March 25, but Dundar said it was unclear how the judiciary would now act after Erdogan's intervention.Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, a close ally of Erdogan, echoed the president's remarks on the case on Wednesday, saying it could not be viewed as a free speech matter and that it would be wrong to let the court ruling affect the journalists' trial.
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