ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court on Monday released four journalists pending trial over accusations they were part of a conspiracy to overthrow the government, in a case that has become a focus for criticism of Turkey's record on press freedom.
The United States, European Union and rights groups have said Ankara's prosecution of journalists taints Turkey's image as a role model for democracy in the Middle East.
The journalists released included Nedim Sener and Ahmet Sik, two well know investigative reporters held since last March in a top-security prison outside Istanbul. Several other journalists remain in detention.
(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Simon Cameron-Moore; Editing by Ben Harding)