A member of police special forces stands guard for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, August 4, 2017. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)
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Turkish prosecutors Monday demanded life terms for three veteran Turkish journalists on trial over accusations of links to the 2016 failed coup, in a case that has raised new concerns for freedom of speech in the country.The journalists have been charged with having foreknowledge of the coup bid and being involved in the sending of subliminal messages it was to happen, including an October 2015 advertising campaign by the now defunct pro-Gulen newspaper Zaman.Ilicak, 73, was one of the very first journalists arrested in July after the coup bid.According to the P24 press freedom website, there are 153 journalists behind bars in Turkey, most of whom were detained under the state of emergency imposed after the coup bid.
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