Turks charge two journalist with espionage for exposing their double game with Syrian Islamist

BBC:
Two prominent Turkish journalists have been charged with espionage after alleging that Turkey's secret services sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria.

Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet daily, and Erdem Gul, the paper's Ankara bureau chief, face life imprisonment if found guilty.

Their report and video footage attracted a political storm in Turkey and a lawsuit filed by the president.

Turkey faces severe criticism over its press freedom record.

The journalists, who deny the allegations against them, reported that trucks belonging to the Turkish intelligence agency MIT were used to carry weapons to Islamist opposition groups in Syria.

Video footage published alongside their report purported to show Turkish police officers intercepting the trucks and discovering crates containing weapons and ammunition.

The government claimed that the intelligence trucks were carrying aid to theTurkmen minority in Syria - a Turkic speaking ethnic group.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally filed a lawsuit against the newspaper.
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Erdogan is a lousy ally for the US and NATO but is apparently very supportive of other Islamist groups from the Hamas death cult to Syrian rebel forces.

Thousands have protested the arrests:

Thousands Protest Arrest of 2 Turkish Journalists on Spying Charges

Can Dundar, the editor in chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gul, its Ankara bureau chief, were charged with divulging state secrets and being members of a terrorist group.

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