Turkish columnist on trial on World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2016 12:09 PM

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ISTANBUL – A Turkish columnist has appeared in court on World Press Freedom Day, accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Murat Belge, an academic who writes for Taraf newspaper, faces four years in prison if found guilty of insulting the Turkish leader in a column suggesting that Erdogan reignited a conflict against Kurdish rebels for electoral gains.

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