Turkish editor says journalism on trial as court set to rule

May 6, 2016 2:55 PM

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ISTANBUL - A prominent Turkish newspaper editor said on Friday journalism was on trial as he gave his final defense against charges of revealing state secrets in a case that has drawn international criticism of the EU candidate's press freedom record.

Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper, and Erdem Gul, its Ankara bureau chief, could face life in jail on espionage charges and attempting to topple the government for publishing footage that purported to show Turkey's state intelligence agency ferrying weapons into Syria in 2014.

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