Human rights and media activist to be released in Turkey

A Turkish court has decided to release a press freedom advocate and a human rights defender, two of three activists put under pre-trial arrest for participating in a solidarity campaign with a pro-Kurdish publication.

The decision was announced by representatives of their organizations.

Sebnem Korur Fincanci, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, is expected to be released from Bakirkoy Prison at 5 p.m., pending trial on charges of disseminating terrorist propaganda. Erol Onderoglu, Turkey's representative to Reporters Without Borders, is also set to be released but details were not available. It is unclear what will happen with journalist Ahmet Nesin, who was placed on pre-trial arrest with them.

Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders, Christophe Deloire, hailed the decision to release his colleague, as "very, very good news."

Deloire noted the decision coincided with the start of talks over Turkey's European Union membership bid.