WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Political influence on Turkey’s judiciary is likely responsible for a high-court decision on Wednesday to keep journalist Mehmet Baransu locked up as he awaits trial, the advocacy group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a press release.
"Mehmet Baransu is being treated as a dangerous criminal rather than as a journalist who did his job," CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova stated on Wednesday. "[W]e urge the Turkish judicial authorities to exercise their independence from political influence, free him immediately and ensure that he receives a fair and transparent trial."
Turkish authorities imprisoned Baransu, a columnist and correspondent for the privately owned daily newspaper Taraf, on March 1, 2015, on charges that he possessed classified documents.
Lately, Erdogan’s administration has arrested reporters and seized control of newspapers and television networks that have produced reports critical of the government.