Turkey convicts 21 people in mass media trial

The trial of 29 people in media and entertainment accused of having links to coup plotters was concluded yesterday, with 21 individuals being convicted for membership in a terrorist organization. Some had worked directly for outlets affiliated with the Gulenist movement; the Islamic network the government alleged was behind a 2016 military coup attempt.

Among those convicted in the mass trial is Atilla Tas, a singer, who received a sentence of slightly over three years. He was accused of aiding an illegal group. Turkey has over 150 journalists and media workers behind bars one of the highest figures in the world amid a crackdown on government critics.