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Journalists in State of Emergency – 17

Number of imprisoned journalists in Turkey stands at 117 as of Sept. 7

 

 

On Sept. 6, two distributors of Turkey’s only Kurdish-language daily, Azadiya Welat, whose 24 employees were detained in a raid on Aug. 28, were put under arrest on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization.”
 
Twelve of the 24 detained were let go on Sept. 1.
 
On Sept. 6, a court ruled to release the newspaper’s distributors Yasemin Sayın, Serdal Polat, Zeynep İzgi, Hayat Yılmaz, Mehmet Emin Kaya, Mecrum Tekol, İbrahim Bayram and Engin Özelçi on probation terms. Two other distributors, Arap Turan and Ferit Toprak, were placed under arrest.
Mecrum Tekol was detained in another terror related investigation shortly after his release.
 
Özgür Halk employee arrested
 
According to a report by Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, the successor to the shuttered Özgür Gündem, Rabia Özkaya – an employee of the Özgür Halk (Free People) magazine --  was arrested on Sept. 6, one day after a raid on the publication’s office in İzmir.
 
DİHA reporter released
 
On Sept. 1, Dicle News Agency (DİHA) reporter Mehmet Arslan, who had been under arrest since Aug. 2, was released from prison on probation after an objection he had filed with a higher court was accepted. Arslan was initially detained in the Karayazı district of Erzurum province.
 
Aslı Erdoğan and Evrensel reporters
 
On Sept. 6, the Istanbul 5th Criminal Judicature of Peace turned down an appeal against the arrest of Aslı Erdoğan, writer and an advisor to the shuttered Özgür Gündem. Erdoğan was arrested on terror related charges on Aug. 20.
 
Two reporters of the Evrensel daily, Cemil Uğur and Halil İbrahim Polat, have been in jail for 16 days as of Sept. 7  without being referred to a court, creating grave concern as there have been reports of police mistreatment of the two journalists under detention.
 
Developments in coup probe
 
Three writers for the Yeni Çağ newspaper – Servet Avcı, Adnan İslamoğulları and Yavuz Selim Demirağ --  were detained on Sept. 7 as part of the post-coup operation.  News reports have noted that Demirağ has written a book critical of the Fethullah Gülen movement in the past.
 
 
117 journalists in prison
 
The most recent arrests bring the total number of journalists, newspaper owners or owners to various newspapers’ rights who are currently imprisoned to 117. This number does not include any of the 52 employees of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), who were reported to have been detained without their names being released. Nor does it include those journalists who were detained in Antalya on July 25 without their names being publicly released,  or those individuals who are known to have been detained as part of the coup investigation but whose possible arrest has not been reported in the press, or journalists who have been convicted on charges other than those usually leveled against journalists in Turkey.
As of Sept. 7, 86 journalists have been put under arrest since Turkey’s declaration of a State of Emergency on July 20. Sixteen of those under arrest were arrested on charges unrelated to the coup investigation. So far, only one of the journalists arrested during the State of Emergency has been released from prison.


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 Alparslan Akkuş,Former NTV news editor, Released
Abdullah Katırcıoğlu, Under arrest
Abdullah Kılıç, Meydan columnist, Under arrest
Abdullah Özyurt, local Adana journalists, Under arrest
Adil Gülçek, Former Cihan Medya director
Adnan İslamoğulları, Yeni Çağ,  In custody
Ahmet Dönmez, Former Zaman reporter, Left the country according to AA
Ahmet Memiş, Newsdar, Under arrest
Ahmet Metin Sekizkardeş, Cihan Medya President, 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, formerly owner to Zaman’s rights, Under arrest
Ali Akbulut, formerly owner to Zaman’s rights
Ali Akkuş, Former Zaman general publications editor, Under arrest
Ali Bulaç, Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Ali Ünal, former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Ali Yurttagül, former Zaman columnist
Arda Akın, Hürriyet reporter, Under arrest
Arzu Yıldız, Haberdar Ankara Bureau Chief
Ayhan Şimşek , Released on probation
Ayşe Nazlı Ilıcak, Yarına Bakış, Under arrest
Ayşe Özkalay, former Yeni Hayat columnist
Ayşenur Parıldak, Zaman, Under arrest
Aytekin Gezici, Under arrest
Asım Yıldırım, former STV anchor
Atilla Taş, Meydan columnist, Under arrest
Aziz İstegün, Former Zaman Diyarbakır regional representative, Under arrest
Bayram Kaya, Zaman, Yeni Hayat reporter, Under arrest
Behçet Akyar
Bertan Golali, TRT İstanbul, Under arrest
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
Can Bahadır Yüce, former Zaman columnist
Celil Sağır,Today's Zaman managing editor
Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Under arrest
Cevheri Güven, Nokta Magazine Editor-in-chief
Cihan Acar, Former Bugün reporter, 
Cihat Ünal, Antalya Zaman reporter, Under arrest
Cuma Kaya, Under arrest
Cuma Ulus, Former Millet  publications coordinator, Under arrest
Cumali Önal, Former Zaman  Arabic service editor, Under arrest
Dinçer Gökçe,Hürriyet  internet editor, Released on probation
Eda Şanlı, owner of local Antalya newspaper, Bizim Antalya columnist, Under arrest
Emre Koçali, Newsdar, Under arrest
Emre Soncan, Former Zaman defense reporter, Under arrest
Ercan Gün, Fox TV News Editor, Under arrest
Erdal Şen, Meydan Editor, Under arrest
Ergun Babahan, Left the country according to AA
Erhan Başyurt, former Bugün editor-in-chief
Erkan Akkuş, Former Bugün TV anchor
Erkan Büyük, Newsdar, Under arrest
Ertuğrul Erbaş, Former Nokta Magazine editor
Eyüp Can Sağlık, former Radikal GYY, former Hürriyet digital press coordinator
Faruk Akkan, Cihan Ajansı, Under arrest
Faruk Arslan, former Zaman columnist
Faruk Kardıç
Fatih Akalan, Samanyolu News Tv commentator, Left the country according to AA
Fatih Yağmur, Former Radikal reporter, Left the country according to AA
Fevzi Yazıcı, Under arrest
Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, Türk Solu columnist, Under arrest
Gültekin Avcı, Bugün, Under arrest
Habip Güler, Former Zaman reporter, Under arrest
Hakan Bülent Yardımcı, Under arrest
Hakan Taşdelen, Under arrest
Halil İbrahim Mert, TRT (Erzurum), Under arrest
Hamit Bilici, Former Zaman Editor-in-chief
Hamit Çiçek
Hanım Büşra Erdal, Former Zaman reporter and columnist, Under arrest
Hasan Cücük, former Zaman reporter
Haşim Söylemez, Former Aksiyon Magazine columnist, Under arrest
Hilmi Yavuz, Former Zaman columnist, Let go due to health condition, will testify later
Hüseyin Aydın, Cihan reporter, Under arrest
Hüseyin Döğme
Hüseyin Turan, Feza Group partner, Under arrest
İbrahim Balta, Former Zaman finance editor, Under arrest
İbrahim Karayeğen, Eski Zaman newsroom editor, Under arrest
İbrahim Öztürk, former Zaman columnist
İhsan Duran Dağı, Former Zaman columnist, Released by prosecutor
İhsan Yılmaz, former Today's Zaman columnist
İsa Siyi, Haberdar, Under arrest
İskender Yunus Tiryaki,Bugün reporter, Under arrest
Kamil Maman, Former Bugün reporter,  Left the country according to AA
Kemal Gülen, STV anchor
Kenan Baş, Antalya Zaman reporter, Under arrest 
Kerim Balcı, Turkish Review magazine editor-in-chief
Kerim Gün, Former Zaman editor
Lalezar Sarıibrahimoğlu (Lale Kemal), Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Levent Arap,Postmedya.com website administrator, Released on probation
Levent Kenez, Meydan Editor-in-chief
Lokman Erdoğan, Çorum Manşet, Under arrest
Mahmut Akpınar, former Millet columnist
Mahmut Hazar, Cihan News Ajansı, Left the country according to AA
Mehmet Akif Afşar
Mehmet Gündem, Former Milliyet columnist, Released by the court
Mehmet Kamış, Former Zaman columnist
Mehmet Kuru, Former Zaman Eskişehir reporter, Under arrest
Mehmet Özdemir, Under arrest
Melih Kılıç, Zaman Medya Group sales department executive
Metin Tamer Gökçeoğlu
Metin Yıkar, Samanyolu News
Muhammed Fatih Uğur, Former Zaman news manager
Murat Aksoy,Yarına Bakış columnist, Under arrest
Murat Avcıoğlu, Under arrest
Mustafa Erkan Acar, Cihan News Ajansı, Under arrest
Mustafa Ünal, Under arrest
Mutlu Çölgeçen, Millet newsroom coordinator, Under arrest
Mümtaz'er Türköne, Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Mürsel Genç, Former Cihan reporter
Nevzat Güner
Nuri Durna, TRT (Erzurum), Under arrest
Nuriye Ural (Akman), Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Nurullah Kaya, Former Zaman Gaziantep bureau chief, Under arrest
Nurullah Öztürk,Yeni Şafak former Genel Koordinatörü ve Zaman columnist, Released
Oktay Vızvız
Olgun Matur, Antalya Yerel, Under arrest
Osman Nuri Arslan, FİA Şirketi Ortağı, Released on probation
Osman Nuri Öztürk, Released on probation
Osman Özsoy, Left the country according to AA
Osman Yakut, Former Zaman Antalya Reporter, Under arrest
Ömer Karakaş
Ömer Şahin ,Meydan’s former Ankara bureau chief, Released
Önder Deligöz, former Yeni Şafak reporter
Özcan Keser,  TRT İstanbul, Under arrest
Özkan Mayda, Antalya Zaman reporter, Under arrest
Rasih Yılmaz,Samanyoluhaber columnist, Released
Resul Cengiz, Former Zaman Denizli reporter, Under arrest
Rıfat Söylemez, Adana Günaydın, Under arrest
Sait Sefa, Haberdar
Savaş Genç, former TRT reporter and academic
Sedat Yetişkin
Selahattin Sevi, Former Zaman photography coordinator, Left the country according to AA
Selçuk Gültaşlı, Zaman Brussels representative and Zaman columnist
Servet Avcı, Yeniçağ, In custody
Sevgi Akarçeşme, Former Today’s Zaman editor-in-chief
Seyid Kılıç, Former TRT reporter, Under arrest
Süleyman Sargın
Şahin Alpay, Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Şemsettin Efe, Samanyolu News, Left the country according to AA
Şenol Kahraman
Şeref Yılmaz, Irmak TV, Under arrest
Taner Talaş, Adana local journalist, Under arrest
Tuncer Çetinkaya, Zaman Antalya, Under arrest
Turan Görüryılmaz, Can Erzincan TV sunucusu, Left the country according to AA
Turhan Bozkurt, former Zaman columnist
Ufuk Emin Köroğlu, Karşı Gazete reporter, Left the country according to AA
Ufuk Şanlı, Former Vatan columnist, Under arrest
Vahit Yazgan, Former Zaman İzmir representative, Under arrest
Vedat Demir, Former Yarına Bakış columnist, Under arrest
Veysel Ayhan
Yakup Çetin, Former Zaman reporter, Under arrest
Yakup Sağlam, Former Samanyolu reporter, Released on probation
Yakup Şimşek, Former Zaman marketing department director, Under arrest
Yalçın Güler, TRT (Erzurum), Under arrest
Yavuz Baydar, former Bugün columnist
Yavuz Selim Demirağ, Yeni Çağ columnist,  In custody
Yener Dönmez, Habervaktim.com owner, Under arrest
Yonca Kaya Şahin, Rotahaber columnist
Yüksel Durgut
Yüksel Evsen, Adana local journalist, Under arrest
Zafer Özsoy, Under arrest
Zeki Önal, Not detained due to advanced age and illness.
 
Journalists detained under State of Emergency outside coup probe
 
Selami Aslan – DİHA, Released
Selman Keleş – DİHA, Under arrest
İdris Yılmaz – DİHA, Under arrest
Mehmet Sıddık Damar – DİHA, Released
Esra Aydın – JİNHA, Released
Geylan Arslan – JİNHA, Released
Nizamettin Yılmaz – Azadiya Welat, Under arrest
İdris Yılmaz – DİHA, Under arrest
Haydar Ergül – Demokratik Modernite, Under arrest
Hasan Akbaş – Evrensel, Released
Fırat Topal – Evrensel, Released
Serpil Berk – Evrensel, Released
Sertaç Kayar – Serbest Gazeteci, Released
Engin Eren – DİHA, Under arrest
Fatma Edemen – ETHA, Released
Davut Uçar– Özgür Gündem, Released
Doğan Güzel– Özgür Gündem, Released
Ersin Çaksu – Özgür Gündem, Released
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
Özgür Paksoy – DİHA reporter, 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 –Press Office of Chamber of Medicine, Released
Gülfem Karataş – İMC TV, Released
Gökhan Çetin – İMC TV, Released
Hüseyin Gündüz – Doğu Yayınevi , Released
Halil Polat – Freelancer, Released on probation
Sabahattin Koyuncu – DİHA, Under arrest
Cemil Uğur – Evrensel, Released on probation
Yasemin Sayın– Azadiya Welat, Released on probation
Hayat Yılmaz– Azadiya Welat, Released on probation
Ahmet Kızılaya– Azadiya Welat, Released
Arap Turan– Azadiya Welat, Under arrest
Berxwedan Tulpar– Azadiya Welat, Released
Sürreya Dal– Azadiya Welat, Released
Zeynep İzgi– Azadiya Welat, Released on probation
İbrahim Bayram– Azadiya Welat, Released on probation
Engin Özelçi– Azadiya Welat, Released on probation
Ahmet Boltan– Azadiya Welat, Released
Ceylan İpek– Azadiya Welat, Released
Mehmet Emin Kaya– Azadiya Welat, Released
Ziyan Karahan– Azadiya Welat, Released
Veysi Altın– Azadiya Welat, Released
Ercan Yeltaş– Azadiya Welat, Released
Azime Tarhan– Azadiya Welat, Released
Serdal Polat– Azadiya Welat, Released on probation
Cengiz Aslan– Azadiya Welat, Released
Ferit Toprak– Azadiya Welat, Under arrest
Mehmet Hüseyin Şahin– Azadiya Welat, Released
Mehmet Aydın– Azadiya Welat, Released
Pusat Bulut– Azadiya Welat, Released on probation
Mehmet Emin Akgün – Azadiya Welat, Released
Mecrum Tekol – Azadiya Welat, In custody
Mehmet Ali Ertaş – DİHA, In custody
 
Journalists known to have been arrested during State of Emergency outside coup probe
 
Zeynel Abidin Bulut – Azadiya Welat 
Zehra Doğan – JİNHA 
Hülya Karakaya – Özgür Halk
Mehmet Arslan – DİHA (Released on Sept 1)
Şermin Soydan – DİHA 
Lindsey Snell – Freelancer
Aslı Erdoğan – Özgür Gündem
Metin Bekiroğlu – DİHA
İnan Kızılkaya – Özgür Gündem
Zana (Bilir) Kaya – Özgür Gündem  
Erdem Muhirci – DİHA
Ali Aşikar – Azadiya Welat
Necmiye Alpay – Özgür Gündem
Sabahattin Koyuncu – DİHA
Arap Turan – Azadiya Welat
Ferit Toprak – Azadiya Welat
Rabia Özkaya – Özgür Halk
 
List of journalists arrested before State of Emergency
   
Abdulkadir Turay, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA)  reporter
Ali Konar, Azadiya Welat representative, Convicted
Arafat Dayan, Demokratik Ulus former managing editor
Cebrail Parıltı, Anadolu Ajansı (AA) Derik  reporter
Emin Demir, Freelancer
Erdal Süsem, Eylül Magazine Editor, Convicted
Erol Zavar, Odak magazine’s owner, Convicted
Ferhat Çiftçi, Azadiya Welat Gaziantep representative, Convicted
Feyyaz İmrak, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA)  reporter
Gurbet Çakar, Hevi women’s magazine, Convicted
Hamit Dilbahar, Azadiya Welat columnist, Convicted
Hatice Duman, owner of Atılım newspaper, Convicted
Hidayet Karaca, President of Samanyolu Media
Kamuran Sunbat, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA), Convicted
Kenan Karavil, Radyo Dünya Editor-in-chief, Convicted
Mazlum Dolan, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA)  reporter
 
Mehmet Baransu, Taraf columnist
Mikail Barut, Özgür Halk Magazine former Editor
Miktat Algül, Mezitli FM, General broadcast coordinator, Convicted
Muhammed Doğru, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA)  reporter, Convicted
Mustafa Gök, Ekmek ve Adalet Magazine Ankara representative, Convicted
Nedim Türfent, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA)  reporter, Convicted
Nuri Yeşil, Azadiya Welat Dersim Temsilcisi, Convicted
Özgür Amed (Ethem Çağır), Özgür Gündem columnist, Convicted
Sami Tunca, Mücadele Birliği Magazine news editor, Convicted
Sevan Nişanyan, Convicted of violation of zoning plans
Serkan Aydemir, Bitlis Aktüel reporter
Seyithan Akyüz, Azadiya Welat Adana, Convicted
Şahabettin Demir, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA)  reporter, Convicted
Şerife Oruç, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA)  reporter
Şermin Soydan, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA)  reporter
Yılmaz Kahraman, Özgür Halk Magazine Editor, Convicted
Ziya Ataman, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA) Intern








































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.
News Agencies: Cihan Haber Ajansı, Muhabir Haber Ajansı and  SEM Haber Ajansı 
News papers: 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.
Magazines: Akademik Araştırmalar, Aksiyon, Asya Pasifik, Bisiklet Çocuk, Diyalog, Avrasya, Ekolife, Ekoloji, Fountain, Gonca, Gül Yaprağı, Nokta, Sızıntı, Yağmur, Yeni Ümit, Zirve.
Radio stations: 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.
Publishing houses: 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. 
 
These lists have been compiled by P24 editors from open news sources and will be updated regularly. Journalists who want to report developments about themselves or their colleagues ca

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