Turkey's Erdogan Wants Editor Jailed for Espionage in Video Row: Newspaper

Lawyers for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan have accused a newspaper editor of espionage and want him jailed for life, the paper said on Tuesday, the latest salvo in a bitter dispute that has alarmed defenders of media freedom in Turkey.
In the countdown to a June 7 parliamentary election, the Cumhuriyet newspaper infuriated Erdogan last Friday by publishing video footage it said showed the MIT state intelligence agency helping to send weapons to Syria.
In an article posted on its website, Cumhuriyet - long critical of Erdogan and of Turkey's ruling AK Party - said its editor Can Dundar was now facing charges that included "crimes against the government" and "providing information concerning national security" over the video footage.



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