Total number of journalists under arrest in Turkey reaches 106 with recent arrests and new information on the legal status of some journalists previously unknown.
Two journalists were arrested in the latest developments in the investigation launched into the July 15 coup attempt; bringing the number of journalists arrested in the coup probe to 53. Together with two other arrests occurring outside the coup probe, the number of imprisoned journalists in Turkey has reached 97 as of Aug. 26.
P24 recently obtained and now confirmed information regarding the coup-attempt related arrests of seven other journalists – all former Zaman staff – who were sent to prison over the past weeks but their cases were never reported.
With their names added to the list, total number of journalists under arrest in Turkey reaches 104.
Former public prosecutor and journalist Gültekin Avcı, who has been wanted in the post-coup investigation, was captured in the basement of a residential building in İzmir Karabağlar district and arrested on charges of “membership in an armed organization” on Aug. 16.
Another journalist recently put under arrest was Fox TV News Editor Ercan Gün, who was arrested on Aug. 25. Earlier, Gün had been detained but later released as part of coup probe. His latest arrest comes as part of an investigation into the 2007 murder of journalist Hrant Dink. The investigation into Dink’s murder is not directly part of the coup probe, but it is related to the general investigation into Fethullah Gülen’s supporters as government officials claim Gülenists involvement in Dink’s assassination.
Eren Keskin, a lawyer, human rights activist and a former editor-in-chief of the Özgür Gündem daily, which was temporarily shut down on Aug. 16 by court order, was released on Aug. 25 after being referred to a court by prosecutors.
Keskin’s home was raided on Aug. 16, but she came to testify to the courthouse of her own accord, although she said she hadn’t been formally called to testify. Keskin was let go with an international flight ban.
In her court testimony, Keskin stated that she wrote in Özgür Gündem to create awareness of rampant violence against women and murders of women at the hands of men in Turkey and the country’s unsolved murders, most of which are believed to be politically motivated killings.
On August 26, Dicle News Agency (DİHA) reporter Erdem Mühirci and Kurdish newspaper Azadiya Welat journalist Ali Aşikar were arrested on terror-related charges by a Van court.
DİHA journalist Sebahattin Koyuncu, who was detained in Şırnak’s Silopi province on Aug. 23, was released on Aug. 26.
On August 23, two journalists, Cemil Uğur from Evrensel and freelancer Halil Polat, were detained in Mersin for supporting a campaign titled “Freedom Watch” organized in support of the PKK’s imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan.
In another development, a detention warrant was issued for journalist Ergun Babahan over a social media tweet he posted after an armed attack on a convoy carrying Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.
On Aug. 24, Lawyer Veysel Ok visited former Zaman columnist Lale Kemal and Özgür Gündem columnist Aslı Erdoğan in Bakırköy Prison on behalf of P24’s Legal Unit. Erdoğan and Kemal shared information on their health condition and related issues arising from their prolonged imprisonment.
Hundreds of newspapers have so far been shut down under Turkey’s State of Emergency, declared on July 20. In the latest such move, the government shut down Özgür Gündem, accusing the newspaper of conducting terror propaganda. In a related development, the 9th Criminal Judicature of Peace on Aug. 26 ordered a special issue by the Atılım newspaper published in support of Özgür Gündem pulled from shelves. The ruling applies to future special editions that might have similar content.
According to media reports from Aug. 27, a total of 29 TV stations broadcasting without proper licensing were shut down by the Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTÜK) while two others, VanTV and Özgür Gün TV, were issued fines for praising terrorism and broadcasting material that is discriminatory.
Last known legal status of journalists for whom detention warrants have been issued as part of post-coup probe:
Abdullah Abdulkadiroğlu, Samanyolu TV, Left the country according to AA
Abdullah Katırcıoğlu, In custody
Abdullah Kılıç, Meydan Gazetesi columnist, Under arrest
Abdullah Özyurt, local Adana journalist, Under arrest
Adil Gülçek, Former Cihan Medya Director
Ahmet Dönmez, Former Zaman reporter, Left the country according to AA
Ahmet Memiş, Haberdar, Under arrest
Ahmet Metin Sekizkardeş, Vice President of Cihan Media Executive Board, Under arrest
Ahmet Turan Alkan, Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Ahmet Yavaş, TRT (Erzurum), Under arrest
Alaattin Güner, Former Cihan Medya Director, Under arrest
Alaattin Kaya, former owner to Zaman’s rights, Under arrest
Ali Akbulut, owner of Zaman’s rights, formerly
Ali Akkuş, Former Zaman General Publications Editor, Under arrest
Ali Bulaç ,Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Ali Ünal, Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Arda Akın, Hürriyet reporter, Released on probation
Arzu Yıldız, Haberdar Ankara Bureau Chief
Ayşe Nazlı Ilıcak, Yarına Bakış, Under arrest
Aytekin Gezici, Under arrest
Ayşenur Parıldak, former Zaman correspondent, Under arrest
Aziz İstegün, former Zaman Diyarbakır regional representative, Under arrest
Bayram Kaya, Zaman, Yeni Hayat reporter, Under arrest
Bertan Golal, TRT İstanbul, In custody
Bilal Şahin, Özgür Düşünce, Left the country according to AA
Bülent Ceyhan, Özgür Düşünce reporter, Left the country according to AA
Bülent Keneş, Former Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief
Bülent Korucu, Former Zaman columnist
Bülent Mumay, Former Hürriyet Digital Publications Coordinator, Released by court order
Bünyamin Köseli, Former Aksiyon reporter, Under arrest
Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Under arrest
Cevheri Güven, Nokta Magazine Editor-in-Chief
Cihan Acar, Former Bugün reporter, Under arrest
Cuma Kaya, Under arrest
Cuma Ulus, Former Publications Coordinator for Millet daily, Under arrest
Cumali Önal, Former Zaman editor in charge of Arabic publications, Under arrest
Emre Koçali, Haberdar, In custody
Emre Soncan, Former Zaman Defense Reporter, Under arrest
Ercan Gün, Fox TV News Editor, Under arrest (as part of Hrant Dink murder investigation)
Erkan Akkuş, Former Bugün TV Anchor
Erkan Büyük, Haberdar, In custody
Ertuğrul Erbaş, Former Nokta Magazine Editor
Faruk Akkan, Cihan Ajansı, Under arrest
Fatih Akalan, Samanyolu Haber Tv commentator, Left the country according to AA
Fatih Yağmur, Former Radikal reporter, Left the country according to AA
Fevzi Yazıcı, Zaman Visual Director (formerly), Under arrest
Gültekin Avcı, Under arrest
Habip Güler, Former Zaman reporter, Under arrest
Hakan Bülent Yardımcı, In custody
Hakan Taşdelen, Under arrest
Halil İbrahim Mert, TRT (Erzurum), Under arrest
Hamit Bilici, Former Zaman Editor-in-Chief
Hanım Büşra Erdal, Former Zaman reporter and columnist, Under arrest
Haşim Söylemez, Former Aksiyon Magazine columnist, Under arrest
Hilmi Yavuz, Former Zaman columnist, Released due to poor health, will testify at a later time
Hüseyin Aydın, Cihan reporter, Under arrest
Hüseyin Turan, Partner in Feza Group (owners of Zaman), Under arrest
İbrahim Balta, Former Zaman Business Editor, Under arrest
İhsan Duran Dağı, Former Zaman columnist, Released by prosecutor without court referral
İsi Siyi, Haberdar, In custody
Kamil Maman, Former Bugün reporter, Left the country according to AA
Kerim Gün, Former Zaman Editor
Lalezar Sarıibrahimoğlu (Lale Kemal), Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Levent Kenez, Meydan Gazetesi Editor-in-Chief
Lokman Erdoğan, Çorum Manşet (local newspaper), In custody
Mahmut Hazar, Cihan News Agency, Left the country according to AA
Mehmet Akif Afşar
Mehmet Gündem, Former Milliyet columnist, Released by court order
Mehmet Kamış, Former Zaman columnist
Mehmet Kuru, Former Zaman Eskişehir reporter, Under arrest
Mehmet Özdemir, Under arrest
Melih Kılıç, Zaman Media Group Sales Department
Metin Tamer Gökçeoğlu
Metin Yıkar, Samanyolu Haber
Muhammed Fatih Uğur, Former Zaman News Manager
Murat Avcıoğlu, Under arrest
Mustafa Erkan Acar, Cihan News Agency, Under arrest
Mustafa Ünal, Under arrest
Mümtaz’er Türköne, Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Mürsel Genç, Former Cihan reporter
Nuri Durna, TRT (Ezurum), Under arrest
Nuriye Ural (Akman), Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Nurullah Kaya, former Zaman Gaziantep regional representative, Under arrest
Olgun Matur, Local Antalya journalist, Under arrest
Osman Nuri Arslan, Partner in finance company FIA, Released on probation
Osman Nuri Öztürk, Released on probation
Osman Yakut, Former Zaman Antalya reporter , Under arrest
Özcan Keser, TRT İstanbul, In custody,
Özkan Mayda, Former Zaman Antalya reporter , Under arrest
Resul Cengiz, former Zaman Denizli reporter, Under arrest
Rıfat Söylemez, Adana Günaydın (local newspaper), In custody
Sait Sefa, Haberdar
Selahattin Sevi, Former Zaman Photograpy Coordinator, Left the country according to AA
Sevgi Akarçeşme, Former Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief
Seyid Kılıç, Former TRT reporter, Under arrest
Şahin Alpay, Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Şeref Yılmaz, Irmak TV, Under arrest
Taner Talaş, Adana Yerel, In custody
Tuncer Çetinkaya, Zaman Antalya, Under arrest
Turan Görüryılmaz, Can Erzincan TV anchor, Left the country according to AA
Ufuk Emin Köroğlu, Karşı Gazete reporter, Left the country according to AA
Ufuk Şanlı, Former Vatan columnist, Under arrest
Vahit Yazgan, former Zaman İzmir regional representative, Under arrest
Yakup Çetin, Former Zaman reporter, Under arrest
Yakup Sağlam, Former Samanyolu reporter, Released on probation
Yakup Şimşek, Zaman newspaper marketing professional, Under arrest
Yalçın Güler, TRT (Erzurum), Under arrest
Yüksel Evsen, Adana local journalist, In custody
Zafer Özsoy, Under arrest
Zeki Önal, Not taken into custody due to advanced age and illness; his home was searched
Journalists detained under State of Emergency outside coup probe
Selami Aslan – DİHA, Released
Mehmet Sıddık Damar – DİHA, Released
Esra Aydın – JİNHA, Released
Geylan Arslan – JİNHA, Released
Nizamettin Yılmaz – Azadiya Welat, In custody
İdris Yılmaz – DİHA, In custody
Selman Keleş – DİHA, In custody
Hasan Akbaş – Evrensel, Released
Fırat Topal – Evrensel, Released
Serpil Berk – Evrensel, Released
Sertaç Kayar – Freelance journalist, Released
Engin Eren – DİHA, Released
Fatma Edemen – ETHA, Released
Zana Kaya – Özgür Gündem, In custody
Günay Aksoy – Özgür Gündem, Released
Kemal Bozkurt – Özgür Gündem, Released
Reyhan Hacıoğlu – Özgür Gündem, Released
Önder Elaldı – Özgür Gündem, Released
Ender Önder – Özgür Gündem, Released
Sinan Balık – Özgür Gündem, Released
Fırat Yeşilçınar – Özgür Gündem, Released
İnan Kızılkaya – Özgür Gündem, In custody
Özgür Paksoy – DİHA muhabiri, Released
Zeki Erden – Özgür Gündem, Released
Elif Aydoğmuş – Özgür Gündem, Released
Ersin Çaksu – Özgür Gündem, Released
Mesut Kaynar – DİHA, Released
Sevdiye Gürbüz – Özgür Gündem, Released
Amine Demirkıran – Özgür Gündem, Released
Bayram Balcı – Özgür Gündem, Released
Burcu Özkaya – Özgür Gündem, Released
Yılmaz Bozkurt – İstanbul Tabip Odası Basın Bürosu, Released
Gülfem Karataş – İMC TV, Released
Gökhan Çetin – İMC TV, Released
Hüseyin Gündüz – Doğu Publishing House, Released
Halil Polat – DİHA, In custody
Erdem Mühirci – DİHA, In custody
Sabahattin Koyuncu – DİHA, Released
Journalists known to have been arrested during State of Emergency outside coup probe
Zeynel Abidin Bulut – Azadiya Welat, Under arrest
Zehra Doğan – JİNHA, Under arrest
Hülya Karakaya – Özgür Halk, Under arrest
Mehmet Arslan – DİHA, Under arrest
Lindsey Snell – Freelance journalist, Under arrest
Şermin Soydan – DİHA (arrested before the declaration of the State of Emergency), Under arrest
Metin Bekiroğlu – DİHA, Under arrest
Aslı Erdoğan – Özgür Gündem, Under arrest
Zana Kaya – Özgür Gündem, Under arrest
İnan Kızılkaya – Özgür Gündem, Under arrest
Erdem Mühirci – DİHA, Under arrest
Ali Aşikar – Azadiya Welat, Under arrest
List of media outlets shut down under State of Emergency decrees:
TV Stations: Barış TV, Bugün TV, Can Erzincan TV, Dünya TV, Hira TV, Irmak TV, Kanal 124, Kanaltürk, MC TV, Mehtap TV, Merkür TV, Samanyolu Haber, Samanyolu TV, SRT TV, Tuna Shopping TV, Yumurcak TV.
Cihan Haber Ajansı, Muhabir Haber Ajansı and SEM Haber Ajansı
Adana Haber, Adana Medya, Akdeniz Türk, Şuhut’un Sesi, Kurtuluş, Lider, İscehisar, Durum, Türkeli, Antalya, Yerel Bakış, Nazar, Batman, Batman Postası, Batman Doğuş, Bingöl Olay, İrade, İskenderun Olay, Ekonomi, Ege’de Son Söz, Demokrat Gebze, Kocaeli Manşet, Bizim Kocaeli, Haber Kütahya, Gediz, Zafer, Hisar, Turgutlu Havadis, Milas Feza, Türkiye’de Yeni Yıldız, Hakikat, Urfa Haber Ajansı, Ajans 11, Yeni Emek, Banaz Postası, Son Nokta, Merkür Haber, Millet, Bugün, Meydan, Özgür Düşünce, Taraf, Yarına Bakış, Yeni Hayat, Zaman, Today’s Zaman, Özgür Gündem.
Akademik Araştırmalar, Aksiyon, Asya Pasifik, Bisiklet Çocuk, Diyalog, Avrasya, Ekolife, Ekoloji, Fountain, Gonca, Gül Yaprağı, Nokta, Sızıntı, Yağmur, Yeni Ümit, Zirve.
Aksaray Mavi, Aktüel, Berfin, Burç, Cihan, Dünya, Esra, Haber Radyo Ege, Herkül, Jest, Kanaltürk, Radyo 59, Radyo Aile Rehberi, Radyo Bamteli, Radyo Cihan, Radyo Fıkıh, Radyo Küre, Radyo Mehtap, Radyo Nur, Radyo Şemşik, Samanyolu Haber, Umut, Yağmur.
Altınburç, Burak Basın Yayın Dağıtım, Define, Dolunay Eğitim Yayın Dağıtım, Giresun Basın Yayın Dağıtım, Gonca, Gülyurdu, GYV, Işık Akademi, Işık Özel Eğitim, İklim Basın Yayın Pazarlama, Kaydırak, Kaynak, Kervan Basın Yayıncılık, Kuşak, Muştu, Nil, Rehber, Sürat Basım Yayın Reklamcılık Eğitim Araçları, Sütun, Şahdamar, Ufuk Basın Yayın Haber Ajans Pazarlama, Ufuk, Waşanxaneya Nil, Yay Basın Dağıtım, Yeni Akademi, Yitik Hazine, Zambak Basın Yayın Eğitim Turizm
*Glossary of legal terms used in this text:
- Detain / Place in custody: To hold in police custody for police interrogation first, and later for testimony to a prosecutor. Might lead to a court appearance depending on the action taken by the prosecutor.
- Arrest: To put into prison indefinitely – by court order – pending trial.
- Released on probation: Released with an international flight ban issued. Usually entails checking in regularly with a designated police station.
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