POSTED: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 8:44am
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 9:40am
NBC News — Several journalists accused of involvement in an alleged plot to topple Turkey's Islamic rooted government went on trial Tuesday. The case is seen as a test for media freedoms in Turkey and their lawyers are demanding the presiding judge be replaced, saying that he cannot be impartial because of a separate case that pits him against one of the journalists.
Several international media rights groups have traveled to Turkey to attend the trial. The suspects are among some 400 people on trial in an investigation, now in its fourth year, into an alleged hardline secularist group which allegedly plotted in 2003 to bring down the government through attacks that prosecutors say would have created chaos and sparked a military coup.