26 journalists testify in court over promoting terrorist PKK

An Istanbul court on Friday accepted an indictment seeking a prison sentence of up to seven-and-a-half years for Diyarbakir Bar Association President Tahir Elandci on charges of disseminating terrorist propaganda, the Dogan news agency reported.
Elandci was detained on Oct. 19 for his remarks on a televised topical debate program, during which he said the Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK) was not a terrorist organization. He was released a day later pending trial. However, the lawyer was placed under judicial supervision and banned from going abroad after being referred to court for arrest on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda. The indictment, that was prepared by the BakirkandOy Public Prosecutorand’s Office and that seeks a prison sentence of between one-and-a-half years to seven-and-a-half years, was accepted by the BakirkandOy 2nd High Criminal Court on Friday.
Elandci appeared on Ahmet Hakanand’s and”Neutral Zoneand” program on CNN Tandurk on Oct. 14. While debating the topic of the PKK, Elandci stated: and”The PKK is not a terrorist organization. Rather, it is an armed political organization that has large amounts of local support.and” His statements received strong criticism from both the debaters and viewers of the show.
An investigation was launched into Elandci after his statements, and on Oct. 19 the BakirkandOy Chief Public Prosecutorand’s Office asked the BakirkandOy 2nd Penal Court of Peace to issue a detention warrant for Elandci. The court complied with the request and issued the warrant.
The PKK is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.