Turkey: Gunman arrested after firing at prominent journalist

An assailant attempted to shoot prominent Turkish journalist Can Dundar Friday outside an Istanbul courthouse as he awaited the verdict in his trial on charges of revealing state secrets.

Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet newspaper, and former colleague Erdem Gul were jailed over a story claiming that Turkey was shipping weapons to militants in Syria in 2014.

A journalist for NTV was reportedly shot in the leg.

The assailant is said to have shouted "traitor" before firing two or three shots at Can Dundar outside the court in Istanbul during a break in proceedings.

"We'll go our way, you go yours", said President Erdogan, who earlier this week ousted Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the architect of the deal.

The 14th High Criminal Court acquitted the duo of charges of attempting to overthrow the government, while ordering that the charges of "knowingly and willfully" helping the terrorist FETO/PDY organization or the so-called "parallel state" to be separated from the trial.

Prominent journalist Can Dundar charged with exposing state secrets escapes shooting and subdues gunman outside court.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that the trucks were carrying aid to Turkmens fighting the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria. He acted like the prosecutor of this case.

"This case isn't based on law, it's political", said Mahmut Tanal, a lawmaker from the opposition Republican People's Party.

The journalists are expected to appeal the verdict.

The E.U. has called on Turkey to revise its legal definition of terrorism, which rights advocates say is too broad and has been used by the state to target journalists and other dissidents.

Gul and Dundar spent 92 days in jail, nearly half of it in solitary confinement, before the constitutional court ruled in February that pre-trial detention was unfounded because the charges stemmed from their journalism.

There are also concerns about the security of journalists in Turkey, particularly after the 2007 murder of the Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.

Related News: