Court rules for the release of three journalists jailed in April

Court ruled for the release of MA reporters Esra Solin Dal and Mehmet Aslan and journalist Erdoğan Alayumat who were imprisoned in late April.

On 23 April, Mezopotamya Agency (MA) reporters Esra Solin Dal and Mehmet Aslan, Yeni Yaşam Newspaper employee Enes Sezgin, Free Press employees Saliha Aras, Yeşim Alıcı, Beste Argat Balcı, Şirin Ermiş and Erdoğan Alayumat and former MA reporter Doğan Kaynak were detained in house raids within the scope of an Istanbul-based operation.

On 26 April, journalists Mehmet Aslan, Esra Solin Dal and Erdoğan Alayumat were taken before the Çağlayan Courthouse and remanded in custody on charges of "being a member of an illegal organisation", a systematic and arbitrary tool of repression.

The court dealing with the case ruled for the release of the three journalists on Tuesday.