|(11 March, Brussels) The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has today confirmed the release of three more journalists in the Ergenekon trial following the release of Tuncay Ã–zkan yesterday.
The EFJ has welcomed the release of the four journalists, Tuncay Ã–zkan, Merdan YanardaÄŸ, YalÃ§Ä±n KÃ¼Ã§Ã¼k and Hikmet Ã‡iÃ§ek who were accused of committing terrorist acts in the Ergenekon case.
Upon his release, Ã–zkan has thanked the EFJ and its affiliates for their tireless campaigning for the freedom of journalists in prison. Ã–zkan and the three journalists released yesterday evening have united with their family (see picture Ã–zkan and his daughter).
The releases were made possible due to the change in the countryâ€™s anti-terrorism laws, which reduced the maximum pre-trial detention period from 10 years to five years.
At present, fifty-two journalists are still in jail. With the change in the law, it is expected that more journalists will be released.