Lokman Erdoğan, an executive of the local daily Manşet published in the central Anatolian province of Çorum, was arrested in a police raid of the headquarters of the newspaper on 26 July 2016. Manşet was shut down through an emergency decree.

Erdoğan was reportedly accused of knowing about the 15 July 2016 coup attempt beforehand, based on some publications of the newspaper.

On 23 August, he was jailed pending trial on the charge of “membership of a terrorist organization.”

The first hearing of the trial in which Erdoğan and five other local journalists — Murat Öztürk, Nadir Yücel, Burçin Dokgöz, İdris Okur and Musa Ayan — stand accused of “membership in FETÖ/PDY” was held on 16 May 2017.  The 2nd High Criminal Court of Çorum heard the defense statements of the journalists, who rejected the accusations and requested for their release.

Issuing an interim ruling at the end of the hearing, the court ruled for the release of Manşet responsible managing editor Murat Öztürk under judicial control measures. The court rejected the release requests of the other defendants in the case and adjourned the trial.

Erdoğan was released pending the conclusion of the trial at the end of the trial’s hearing in July 2017.

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