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15 December

Journalists in State of Emergency -- 33

Number of journalists in prison falls to 147 following two releases, while CPJ confirms Turkey as the world’s top jailer of journalists


Following the release of Evrensel reporter Cemil Uğur on Dec. 13 and of JINHA news agency editor Zehra Doğan on Dec. 9, the number of journalists in Turkish prisons has fallen to 147.
Evrensel’s Cemil Uğur, who was arrested on Oct. 6 following his detention in Mersin province while reporting in the area, was released from prison in the first session of his trial. Another Evrensel reporter, Halil İbrahim Polat, who had been released in October pending trial, also appeared in court. A probation ruling for him, which necessitated his checking in weekly with a local police station was lifted also on Dec. 13.
Evrensel has reported that both reporters denied the accusations in their defense statements. The trial was adjourned until March 2, 2017.
Another journalist, Zehra Doğan, an editor with the shuttered news agency JINHA, was released on Dec. 9, also in the first session of the trial where she faces accusations of “membership in a terrorist group,” and “propagating for a terrorist group.” In her defense statement, Doğan -- who delivered her court statement in Kurdish -- said she had risked her life for conducting journalistic work to inform the public.
Doğan was released on probation despite the prosecutor’s demand to keep her under arrest on charges of terrorist propaganda. She was arrested on July 23.
Detentions of journalists
Hüsnü Mahalli, a Yurt newspaper columnist, was detained in his home on Dec. 14 on charges of “insulting state officials”, and “denigrating the Republic of Turkey.” Mahalli was taken to the detention center of the Fatih Police Station, where he collapsed according to Cumhuriyet. Mahalli, who is a Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferer, spent the night of his detention in the Cerrahpaşa Hospital and will likely remain there until a prosecutor hears his testimony, Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Barış Yarkadaş told the press.
Seray Şahiner, a Birgün columnist, was detained on Dec. 11 in Bursa province, where she was visiting to attend a literature event organized by the Turkish Union of Doctors (TTB). Şahiner was released after one night in custody. It later emerged that she was detained in relation to a monetary fine issued to her by a court for referring to Bilal Erdoğan, son of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as “genius” in a column titled “Buraları Eskiden Hep Düz Liseydi” (All of this used to be regular high schools) published on Aug. 7.
On Dec. 11, Kenan Kırkaya, the Ankara Bureau Chief of the shuttered Dicle News Agency (DİHA), was detained during a police operation in Ankara. Evrensel has reported that Kırkaya was detained as part of an operation into the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) administrators; although no official statement was made as to his detention.
Odatv trial: prosecutor asks for acquittal
The prosecutor demanded the acquittal of all suspects in the Odatv trial in a session heard on Dec. 14. The suspects include journalists Ahmet Şık, Nedim Şener, Soner Yalçın and writer Yalçın Küçük. The trial was adjourned until Feb. 15, 2017. The suspects face charges of involvement in terrorist activity in relation to reports published on the news website Odatv.
CPJ report shows Turkey as worst jailer of journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Dec. 13 released a report which stated that “at least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990.”
The number of journalists on CPJ’s list is lower, as the organization doesn’t include employees of press outlets who are not directly involved in reporting. P24 considers all work done to sustain the operations of a media outlet to be related to journalism. As such, P24's list includes individuals who might have been arrested for working at the legal department of a press organization or a press worker.
  Journalists arrested under State of Emergency as part of coup investigation
1 Abdullah Kılıç, Meydan columnist
2 Abdullah Özyurt, Zaman Newspaper reporter
3 Ahmet Altan, Novelist and journalist
4 Ahmet Memiş, Journalist, Haberdar news site
5 Ahmet Metin Sekizkardeş, Zaman newspaper
6 Ahmet Turan Alkan, Zaman columnist
7 Ahmet Yavaş, TRT (Erzurum)
8 Alaattin Güner, Cihan News Agency media director
9 Alaattin Kaya, Formerly owned rights to Zaman
10 Ali Akkuş, Zaman, general publications editor
11 Ali Bulaç, Zaman Newspaper columnist
12 Ali Ünal, Zaman columnist
13 Atilla Taş, Meydan Newspaper columnist
14 Ayşe Nazlı Ilıcak, Yarına Bakış
15 Ayşenur Parıldak, Zaman
16 Aytekin Gezici, Journalist
17 Aziz İstegün, Diyarbakır Zaman regional representative
18 Bayram Kaya, Zaman reporter
19 Bayram Parlak, Radyo Cihan (Diyarbakır)
20 Bünyamin Köseli, Aksiyon Magazine reporter
21 Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Journalists and Writers Foundation
22 Cihan Acar, Bugün reporter
23 Cihat Ünal, Antalya Zaman reporter
24 Cuma Kaya, Zaman Newspaper
25 Cuma Ulus, Millet Newspaper publications coordinator
26 Cumali Önal, Zaman, in charge of Arabic editions
27 Eda Şanlı, owner of local Antalya newspaper and columnist for Bizim Antalya
28 Emre Soncan, Zaman defense reporter
29 Ercan Gün, Fox TV News editor
30 Erdal Şen, Meydan newspaper managing editor
31 Faruk Akkan, Cihan News Agency journalist
32 Fevzi Yazıcı, Zaman Newspaper
33 Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, Türksolu columnist
34 Gültekin Avcı
35 Habip Güler, Zaman reporter
36 Hakan Taşdelen
37 Halil İbrahim Mert, TRT (Erzurum)
38 Hanım Büşra Erdal, Zaman reporter and columnist
39 Haşim Söylemez, Aksiyon Magazine columnist
40 Hüseyin Aydın, Cihan reporter
41 Hüseyin Turan, Zaman columnist
42 İbrahim Balta, Zaman business news editor
43 ibrahim Kareyeğen, Zaman managing editor
44 İsa Siyi, Haberdar news site
45 Kenan Baş, Antalya Zaman reporter
  lezar Sarıibrahimoğlu (Lale Kemal), Zaman columnist -Released
46 Lokman Erdoğan, Çorum Manşet (Antalya) owner and columnist
47 Mehmet Altan, professor of economics, author and journalist
48 Mehmet Dener, Şanlıurfa.com editor-in-chief
49 Mehmet Kuru, Zaman Eskişehir reporter
50 Mehmet Özdemir, Zaman
51 Muhammet Taşçılar, Sanliurfa.com website editor-in-chief
52 Murat Aksoy, Yeni Şafak columnist
53 Murat Avcıoğlu, Zaman
54 Murat Öztürk, Çorum Manşet (Antalya) managing editor
55 Mustafa Erkan Acar, Bugün news manager
56 Mustafa Ünal, Ankara Bureau Chief of Zaman
57 Mutlu Çölgeçen, Millet newsroom coordinator
58 Mümtazer Türköne, Zaman columnist
59 Nuri Durna, TRT
  Nuriye Ural (Akman), Zaman columnist -Released
60 Nurullah Kaya, G.antep Zaman regional representative
61 Olgun Matur, Antalya journalist
62 Osman Yakut, Zaman Antalya
63 Özkan Mayda, Antalya Zaman reporter
64 Ramazan Alkan, Yeni Akit reporter
65 Resul Cengiz, Eski Zaman Denizli reporter
66 Seyid Kılıç, TRT Haber
67 Şahin Alpay, Zaman columnist
68 Şeref Yılmaz, Irmak TV
69 Tuncer Çetinkaya, Zaman Antalya regional representative
70 Ufuk Şanlı, columnist for Vatan newspaper
71 Vahit Yazgan, İzmir Zaman regional representative
72 Vedat Demir, Yarına Bakış Columnist
73 Yakup Çetin, Zaman Reporter
74 Yakup Şimşek, Zaman marketing manager
75 Yalçın Güler, TRT (Erzurum)
76 Yener Dönmez, Habervaktim news site
77 Yetkin Yıldız, Aktif Haber
78 Zafer Özsoy
79 Ali Babür Boysal, Zaman page designer
80 Tahsin Kürklü, head of Zaman's transportation department
  Journalists arrested in Cumhuriyet operation on Nov. 5, 2016
81 Akın Atalay, President of Cumhuriyet Foundation Executive Board (arrested on Nov. 12)
82 Murat Sabuncu, Editor-in-Chief
83 Kadri Gürsel, Editorial Advisor
84 Turhan Günay, Chief Editor of the paper’s book supplement
85 Musa Kart, Cartoonist
86 Güray Tekin Öz, columnist
87 Hakan Karasinir, columnist
88 Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Cumhuriyet Foundation board member
89 Önder Çelik, Cumhuriyet Foundation board member
90 Bülent Utku, Cumhuriyet Foundation board member
  Journalists taken into custody as part of coup probe
  Abdullah Katırcıoğlu, Legal status after detention unknown
  Emre Koçali, Haberdar, Legal status after detention unknown
  Erkan Büyük, Haberdar, Legal status after detention unknown
  Özcan Keser, TRT İstanbul, Legal status after detention unknown
  Vedat Beki, Sözcü 18, In custody
  Journalists released after being held as part of coup probe under State of Emergency
  Abdullah Alparslan Akkuş, former NTV news editor, Released after being questioned by prosecutor
  Arda Akın, Hürriyet reporter, released by court after objection to arrest ruling
  Ayhan Şimşek, Released on probation
  Bülent Mumay, former Hürriyet digital publications coordinator, released after court arraignment
  Dinçer Gökçe, Hürriyet internet editor, Released on probation
  Hakan Bülent Yardımcı, Released on probation
  Hilmi Yavuz, Zaman columnist, released due to poor health, scheduled to testify later in the investigation
  İhsan Duran Dağı, Zaman columnist, Released after being questioned by prosecutor
  İskender Yunus Tiryaki,Bugün reporter , Released on probation
  Levent Arap, Postmedya.com site executive, Released on probation
  Mehmet Gündem, former Milliyet columnist, released after arraignment
  Nurullah Öztürk,former Yeni Şafak general coordinator and Zaman columnist, Released after being questioned by prosecutor
  Osman Nuri Arslan, FİA finance company partner, Released on probation
  Osman Nuri Öztürk, Released on probation
  Ömer Şahin ,Meydan newspaper’s former Ankara bureau chief, Released after being questioned by prosecutor
  Rasih Yılmaz,Samanyoluhaber columnist, Released after being questioned by prosecutor
  Rıfat Söylemez, Adana Haber, Released after arraignment
  Taner Talaş, Adana Yerel, Released under electronic monitoring
  Yakup Sağlam, Samanyolu reporter, Released on probation
  Yüksel Evsen, Adana journalist, Released on probation
  Zeki Önal, Not detained due to advanced age and poor health
  Journalists being sought in coup probe by judiciary
  Asım Yıldırım, STV anchor
  Ayşe Özkalay, Yeni Hayat columnist
  Behçet Akyar
  Bilal Şahin, Özgür Düşünce
  Bülent Ceyhan, Özgür Düşünce
  Bülent Keneş, Former Today's Zaman editor-in-chief
  Bülent Korucu, Zaman columnist
  Can Bahadır Yüce, Zaman columnist
  Celil Sağır,Today's Zaman managing editor
  Cevheri Güven, Nokta Magazine editor-in-chief
  Ergun Babahan
  Erhan Başyurt, Bugün editor-in-chief
  Erkan Akkuş, BUGÜN TV
  Ertuğrul Erbaş, Former Nokta editor
  Eyüp Can Sağlık, former Radikal editor-in-chief
  Faruk Arslan, Zaman columnist
  Faruk Kardıç
  Fatih Akalan, Samanyolu Haber TV commentator
  Fatih Yağmur, former Radikal reporter
  Hamit Bilici, Zaman Editor-in-Chief
  Hamit Çiçek
  Hasan Cücük, Zaman reporter
  Hüseyin Döğme
  İbrahim Öztürk, Zaman columnist
  İhsan Yılmaz, Today's Zaman columnist
  Kamil Maman, Bugün reporter
  Kemal Gülen, STV anchor
  Kerim Balcı, Turkish Review editor-in-chief
  Kerim Gün, Zaman editor
  Levent Kenez, Meydan editor-in-chief
  Mahmut Akpınar, Millet columnist
  Mahmut Hazar, Cihan News Agency
  Mehmet Akif Afşar
  Mehmet Kamış, Zaman columnist
  Melih Kılıç, Zaman Media Group Sales Department employee
  Metin Tamer Gökçeoğlu
  Metin Yıkar, Samanyolu Haber
  Muhammed Fatih Uğur, Zaman news editor
  Mürsel Genç, Cihan reporter
  Nevzat Güner
  Oktay Vızvız
  Osman Özsoy, Rota Haber columnist, academic
  Ömer Karakaş
  Önder Deligöz, former Yeni Şafak reporter
  Sait Sefa, Haberdar
  Savaş Genç, former TRT reporter and academic
  Sedat Yetişkin
  Selahattin Sevi, Zaman photography editor
  Selçuk Gültaşlı, Zaman Brussels representative
  Sevgi Akarçeşme, Today’s Zaman editor-in-chief
  Süleyman Sargın
  Şemsettin Efe
  Şenol Kahraman
  Turan Görüryılmaz, Can Erzincan TV anchor
  Turhan Bozkurt, Zaman columnist
  Ufuk Emin Köroğlu, Karşı Gazete reporter
  Veysel Ayhan
  Yavuz Baydar, Haberdar.com columnist
  Yonca Kaya Şahin, Rotahaber online news site columnist
  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, Released on probation
  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, Under arrest
  Sabahattin Koyuncu – DİHA, Under arrest
  Cemil Uğur – Evrensel, Under arrest
  Yasemin Sayın– Azadiya Welat, Under arrest
  Hayat Yılmaz– Azadiya Welat, Under arrest
  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 Tokal, Azadiya Welat (Released to be detained again on the same day), In custody
  Mehmet Ali Ertaş – DİHA, In custody
  Arjin Dilek -- DİHA, Released
  Beritan İrlan -- DİHA,Released
  Şaban İba, Özgür Gündem – In custody
  Olivier Bertrand, Le Jour – Deported after release
  Müjgan Ekin, Özgür Gün TV - Believed to have been abducted in extrajudicial detention
  Fethi Balaman - DİHA - in custody
  Hüsnü Mahalli - Yurt Newspaper, In custody
  Kenan Kırkaya, DİHA, In Custody
  Seray Şahiner, Birgün, Released after one night in custody in December 2016.
  Journalists arrested during State of Emergency outside coup probe
91 Zeynel Abidin Bulut – Azadiya Welat
  Zehra Doğan – JİNHA
92 Hülya Karakaya – Özgür Halk
93 Mehmet Arslan – DİHA
  Şermin Soydan – DİHA , Released
  Lindsey Snell – Freelancer - Released and deported on Oct. 13
94 Aslı Erdoğan – Özgür Gündem
95 Metin Bekiroğlu – DİHA
96 İnan Kızılkaya – Özgür Gündem
97 Zana (Bilir) Kaya – Özgür Gündem
98 Erdem Muhirci – DİHA
99 Ali Aşikar – Azadiya Welat
100 Necmiye Alpay – Özgür Gündem
101 Sabahattin Koyuncu - DİHA
102 Arap Turan - Azadiya Welat
103 Ferit Toprak - Azadiya Welat
104 Rabia Özkaya - Özgür Halk
105 Şirin Çoban – Azadiya Welat
106 İlker İlkan – Azadiya Welat
  Cemil Uğur – Evrensel
107 Mehmet Anıl - ETHA
108 Sadık Demir – Radyo Karacadağ
109 Mizgin Çay – Radyo Karacadağ
110 Salih Erbekler – Radyo Karacadağ
111 Togay Okay - Özgür Gelecek
112 Ayhan Karahan - Local Bodrum journalist
113 Perihan Kara – Freelance journalist
114 Aysel Işık - Freelance journalist
115 Mehmet Güleş - DİHA
  List of journalists arrested before State of Emergency
116 Abdulkadir Turay, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA) reporter
117 Ali Konar, Azadiya Welat representative
118 Arafat Dayan, Demokratik Ulus former managing editor
119 Cebrail Parıltı, Anadolu Ajansı (AA) Derik reporter
120 Emin Demir, Freelancer
121 Erdal Süsem, Eylül Magazine Editor
122 Erol Zavar, Odak magazine’s owner
123 Ferhat Çiftçi, Azadiya Welat Gaziantep representative
124 Feyyaz İmrak, DİHA reporter
125 Gurbet Çakar, Hevi women’s magazine
126 Hamit Dilbahar, Azadiya Welat columnist
127 Hatice Duman, owner of Atılım newspaper
128 Hidayet Karaca, President of Samanyolu Media
129 Kamuran Sunbat, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA)
130 Kenan Karavil, Radyo Dünya Editor-in-chief
131 Mazlum Dolan, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA) reporter
132 Mehmet Baransu, Taraf columnist
133 Mikail Barut, Özgür Halk Magazine former Editor
134 Miktat Algül, Mezitli FM, General broadcast coordinator
135 Muhammed Doğru, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA) reporter
136 Mustafa Gök, Ekmek ve Adalet Magazine Ankara representative
137 Nedim Türfent, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA) reporter
138 Nuri Yeşil, Azadiya Welat Dersim Temsilcisi
139 Özgür Amed (Ethem Çağır), Özgür Gündem columnist
140 Sami Tunca, Mücadele Birliği Magazine news editor
141 Serkan Aydemir, Bitlis Aktüel reporter
142 Seyithan Akyüz, Azadiya Welat Adana
143 Şahabettin Demir, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA) reporter
144 Şerife Oruç, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA) reporter
145 Şermin Soydan, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA) reporter -- Released on Nov. 23
146 Yılmaz Kahraman, Özgür Halk Magazine Editor
147 Ziya Ataman, Dicle News Ajansı (DİHA) Intern


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