NBC News — A Turkish court monday released four journalists pending their trial on charges they were part of a conspiracy to overthrow the government. Relatives, friends and colleagues of the released journalists cheered outside the court after hearing the news. Among the journalists released was Nedim Sener who said he believes he had been imprisoned for conducting research on the killing of Turkish-American journalist Hrant Dink.
Many Turks believe Dink was the target of arch-nationalists because of articles he wrote about Armenian identity and references he made to a Turkish "genocide" of Christian Armenians in 1915. All of the defendants are accused of being part of an ultra-nationalist group alleged to be behind conspiracies to overthrow the government. The U.S. has criticized the prosecution of the journalists saying it taints Turkey's image as a role model for democracy in the Middle East.