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Protest in Turkey after arrest of journalists, academic

  • A protester holding a photograph of from left to right, journalist Ahmet Nesin, academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci and Reporters Without Borders' local representative Erol Onderoglu, demonstrates against their jailing outside the offices of Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish publication, in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The three, along with others had participated in a solidarity campaign in support of the paper, already subject to multiple investigations and lawsuits, were placed in pretrial arrest by a Turkish court Monday over charges of disseminating "terrorist propaganda".  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    A protester holding a photograph of from left to right, journalist Ahmet Nesin, academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci and Reporters Without Borders' local representative Erol Onderoglu, demonstrates against their jailing outside the offices of Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish publication, in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The three, along with others had participated in a solidarity campaign in support of the paper, already subject to multiple investigations and lawsuits, were placed in pretrial arrest by a Turkish court Monday over charges of disseminating "terrorist propaganda". (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters demonstrate against the jailing of two journalists and an academic, outside the offices of Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish publication, in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Reporters Without Borders' local representative Erol Onderoglu, along with journalist Ahmet Nesin and academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci, who had participated in a solidarity campaign in support of the paper, already subject to multiple investigations and lawsuits, were placed in pretrial arrest by a Turkish court Monday over charges of disseminating "terrorist propaganda". (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Protesters demonstrate against the jailing of two journalists and an academic, outside the offices of Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish publication, in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Reporters Without Borders' local representative Erol Onderoglu, along with journalist Ahmet Nesin and academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci, who had participated in a solidarity campaign in support of the paper, already subject to multiple investigations and lawsuits, were placed in pretrial arrest by a Turkish court Monday over charges of disseminating "terrorist propaganda". (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters demonstrate against the jailing of two journalists and an academic, outside the offices of Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish publication, in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Reporters Without Borders' local representative Erol Onderoglu, along with journalist Ahmet Nesin and academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci, who had participated in a solidarity campaign in support of the paper, already subject to multiple investigations and lawsuits, were placed in pretrial arrest by a Turkish court Monday over charges of disseminating "terrorist propaganda". (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Protesters demonstrate against the jailing of two journalists and an academic, outside the offices of Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish publication, in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Reporters Without Borders' local representative Erol Onderoglu, along with journalist Ahmet Nesin and academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci, who had participated in a solidarity campaign in support of the paper, already subject to multiple investigations and lawsuits, were placed in pretrial arrest by a Turkish court Monday over charges of disseminating "terrorist propaganda". (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of Turkish demonstrators have protested in Istanbul over the arrests of two journalists and an academic on charges of disseminating "terrorist propaganda."

A Turkish court on Monday ordered the pre-trial arrest of Reporters Without Borders' Turkey representative Erol Onderoglu, journalist Ahmet Nesin and academic Sebnem Korur Fincanci.

The three had participated in a solidarity campaign in support of Ozgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish publication subject to multiple investigations and lawsuits.

The state-run news agency said the three acted as chief editors for a day for the publication and the issues they edited in May and earlier in June included alleged terrorist propaganda.

Anadolu Agency also said the court ordered the suspects' arrest on "strong criminal suspicion."

Press freedom advocates warn that freedom of expression has dramatically declined in Turkey.