Trial is seen as attempt to intimidate media in government crackdown after last year’s failed coup

A court in Istanbul has ordered the release of seven journalists from Turkey’s oldest newspaper, Cumhuriyet, after nine months in prison and preliminary hearings in the country’s largest trial of journalists since last year’s coup attempt.

But the court ordered the continued detention of five other journalists – including the newspaper’s top executive and its most senior correspondents – in a partial defeat for press freedom in a country still reeling from the bloody failed putsch.

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