The credibility of a four-year investigation into a vast coup conspiracy in Turkey is coming under assault after Istanbul prosecutors accused two journalists acclaimed for their work revealing military abuses of being co-conspirators.
The journalists, Ahmet Şik and Nedim Şener, were arrested March 3 along with five other journalists and two writers. They were charged three days later with "membership of a terrorist organization," according to their lawyers. Şik and Şener join more than 200 people accused in an alleged plot in 2003 and 2004 to persuade Turkey's military to step in against the government, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).
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Nicolas Birch specializes in Turkey, Iran and the Middle East.