Turkish prosecutor requests jail for two Bloomberg reporters!

The indictment was accepted by a criminal court in Istanbul, which will begin hearing the case on Sept. 20

A Turkish court accepted an indictment from a prosecutor requesting a jail term of between two and five years for two Bloomberg reporters and 36 other people upon a request from the nation’s banking regulator.

The charges relate to an August 2018 Bloomberg story about how Turkish authorities and banks were responding to the biggest currency shock in the country since 2001.

Kerim Karakaya and Fercan Yalinkilic, the reporters, are accused of trying to undermine Turkey’s economic stability. The charges carry a potential jail sentence of two to five years. The other 36 defendants listed in the indictment are charged for social media comments on the story, or comments deemed critical of Turkey’s economy and banks.

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