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Turkish court releases three journalists on trial for revealing state secrets

Journalists stood trial Wednesday for reporting on the funeral of a Turkish intelligence officer killed in Libya in a court case condemned by press freedom advocates.
A Turkish soldier stands guard outside the Silivri Prison and Courthouse complex near Istanbul, Turkey March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir - RC15BE5D1D20

ISTANBUL — Court proceedings began Wednesday for seven Turkish journalists accused of revealing state secrets in their coverage of a Turkish intelligence officer killed in Libya earlier this year.

The journalists face eight to 19 years in prison for allegedly violating laws on the disclosure of information relating to state security or intelligence operations in a high-profile case condemned by press freedom advocates, who have called on prosecutors to drop all charges.

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