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    Turkish journalists Can Dundar and Erdem Gulm, who were imprisoned for publishing information about Ankara's weapons deliveries to Syria, will be freed until they their scheduled trial begins the end of March, Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Constitutional Court decided the journalists’ individual rights and their freedom of the press have been violated, and a "judgment [should] be referred to the relevant Court for the removal of the violation."

    In November 2015, Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, respectively editor and Ankara bureau chief of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, were arrested as a result of accusations against them made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the head of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) after they brought light MIT’s arms deliveries to Syria.

    Several weeks after their arrest, Dundar and Gul petitioned the Constitutional Court, arguing claiming their pre-trial detention was unconstitutional.

    "We are delighted by this development but it is just a first step, because the two journalists are still due to go on trial in a month’s time," Reporters Without Borders’ Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said regarding the decision of the Court.

    Deloire noted that efforts now must be made to continue to campaign to free the two Turkish journalists.

    "We will not rest until the absurd changes against them have been dropped," Deloire added.

    The case of Dundar and Gul raised has raised much interest as well as public awareness, prompting numerous human rights advocacy groups to address the freedom of press in Turkey.

    The trial for Dundar and Gul is scheduled to begin on March, 25.


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