Asli Erdogan, Necmiye Alpay, Zana Kaya released

A Turkish court has ordered the release under judicial supervision of prominent novelist Asli Erdogan, who was held behind bars for over four months on terror propaganda charges.

The authorities regard Ozgur Gundem as a mouthpiece for the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an armed group fighting for more Kurdish autonomy in Turkey. In 2011 he was jailed for a year over a biography of the cleric, one of hundreds of imprisoned soldiers and journalists who said they had been the victims of Gulenist judges and prosecutors.

Erdogan and Alpay have been in jail for 132 and 120 days respectively.

Asli Erdogan, one of Turkey's most celebrated contemporary novelists, appeared in a court in Istanbul for the first time on Thursday to respond to accusations of having links to the now shut-down pro-Kurdish newspaper Ozgur Gundem.

Police in Istanbul have detained a prominent investigative journalist, Ahmet Sik, in connection with his social media postings.

It said he had been detained over tweets about the PKK, as well as articles for the Cumhuriyet opposition daily that criticised the Turkish secret services.

"I am a writer and the goal of my existence is to tell a story", she said.

Erdogan is no relation to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - the name is common in Turkey.

Opposition figures and activists said there was no logic behind the Thursday trial as the two had just expressed their thoughts through their writings. Asli Erdogan's arrest in August also increased fears that the government was using emergency powers meant to deal with the perpetrators of a failed military coup in July to go after all government critics.

Arrests and prosecutions of writers and journalists have added to concerns over the deteriorating state of rights and freedoms in Turkey.

Sik works for the daily Cumhuriyet, one of the few dailies still critical of the government as Turkish authorities have purged tens of thousands, largely from the state apparatus, in the wake of a coup attempt last July.

He has won numerous awards, including the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in 2014.

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