Protesters stand during a demonstration outside the Cumhuriyet newspaper's headquarters in Istanbul on November 5, 2016 after nine Cumhuriyet staff were placed under arrest after their detention on October 31. AFP / YASIN AKGUL
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Founded less than a year after the creation of modern Turkey, the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet has reported nearly a century of history and is defiantly vowing the arrests of nine staff and mounting legal troubles will not silence its voice.The nine journalists and executives ordered jailed on Saturday include some of the most prominent commentators in Turkey, such as editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, celebrated cartoonist Musa Kart and influential anti-Erdogan columnist Kadri Gursel.Unlike many other Turkish newspapers that are owned by big industrial holding companies -- which critics say makes them vulnerable to government influence -- Cumhuriyet is owned by a foundation to ensure its independence if not financial security.Moving the paper to the left, Dundar took a far more stringent anti-government line and in May 2015 published a sensational front page claiming to show the government sending arms to rebels in Syria.
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