Turkey: Journalists on trial over plot

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The Independent Online

Thirteen journalists accused of plotting to topple Turkey's government went on trial yesterday, in a case which is seen as a test of media freedoms in the country.

The defendants are accused of being members of the media wing of the Ergenekon group, which allegedly tried to bring down the government in 2003, and are accused of publishing articles that aided the conspiracy. They deny the charges. Critics say the trial is based on flimsy or fabricated evidence.