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Journalists in State of Emergency - 81

Prosecutor seeks up to 15 years for journalist Meşale Tolu, a German passport holder

 
 
 
An indictment charging Meşale Tolu – a reporter and translator for the Etkin News Agency (ETHA), who is a German citizen – on terror-related accusations has been accepted by a court.
 
Tolu was detained in a raid on her home on April 30 and arrested on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization” and “conducting propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization” on May 6.
 
ETHA reported that the indictment, which charges a total of 18 people, 15 of whom are imprisoned including Tolu, was accepted by the Istanbul 29th High Criminal Court.
 
The indictment seeks up to 15 years for Tolu. The first hearing in her trial will be heard on Oct. 11 -12, sixth months into her incarceration.
 
The prosecutor cites some magazines found during a search of her home and her attendance in protest marches as evidence for the charges against her.
 
An anonymous witness cited in the indictment has claimed that Tolu is part of the Gazi Neighborhood branch of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLKP): ETHA has reported that Tolu resides in Kartal, a district on the Anatolian side significantly far off from Gazi, and that ETHA’S office is located in Aksaray.
 
 
Writer Mihemed Ronahî imprisoned in Diyarbakır
 
Mihemed Ronahî, a writer and a publisher, was placed in pre-trial detention in Diyarbakır on August 5 on charges of working as a member of the Culture and Language Commission of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) – an umbrella organization for pro-Kurdish civil society groups – in 2013.
 
 
Fatih Polat testifies in presidential insult trial
 
Evrensel’s Editor-in-Chief Fatih Polat testified to prosecutors over a column he wrote about a news report titled “Turkish President Erdoğan’s family in secret offshore deal”, published in May on the investigative journalism website The Black Sea.
 
On May 28, Polat shared the news report in full in his columns saying he believed it carried massive significance for Turkish readers. A court later issued a decision to block access to the URL of the article.
 
In his testimony to the Bakırköy Chief Prosecutor, Polat said neither the title for his column nor the report, penned originally by journalist Craig Shaw, included any expression that could be considered an insult.
 
 
IPA Voltaire Award given to Turhan Günay and Evrensel Publishing
 
The International Publishers House (IPA) awarded its Voltaire Prize to Turkish journalist Turhan Günay and the Evrensel Publishing House.
 
Günay was released on July 28 after being imprisoned for 268 days in the Cumhuriyet trial.
 
In a statement about the award, the organization said: “The IPA Freedom to Publish Committee’s decision to jointly award the 2017 IPA Prix Voltaire comes amid the Turkish government’s remorseless purge of all critical voices, in the media, academia, and all areas of cultural life. It is the first time in the prize’s 11-year history that it has been awarded to two separate recipients.”
 
The 2017 IPA Prix Voltaire presentation will take place at the Gothenburg Book Fair gala dinner, on September 29.  Günay is currently out of prison, but he is barred from international travel. His next hearing is scheduled for September 11.
 
Major error concerning dates in journalist's indictment
 
It has emerged that the prosecutor who compiled the indictment into Ozan Kaplanoğlu, a Bursa journalist who was arrested on May 5 on “terror propaganda” charges and released on August 2 made a massive mistake in his accusations.
 
The indictment accuses Kaplanoğlu of having used the pseudonym Uğur Gündüz, a name which appears in booklets which the prosecution deems “incite the public to act with hatred and hostility against the state.” Kaplanoğlu’s lawyers have established that Uğur Gündüz’s booklet titled “Marxism and Civil War,” which is the subject of the indictment was published in 1994. Kaplanoğlu, who was born in 1991, was only three years of age at the time.
 
 
PEN International organizes campaign in support of imprisoned writer
 
PEN International has started a campaign for the release of Kurdish Pen member Hasip Yanlıç, a writer who was jailed pending trial on July 12 on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization.”
 
“PEN International fears that Hasip Yanlıç is being targeted for his writings and outspoken stance on linguistic rights and Kurdish education. The organisation calls on the Turkish authorities to release Yanlıç immediately,” the organization said in a statement.
 
PEN International called on its supporters to send letters or postcards in a show of support and solidarity addressed to Hasip Yanlıç, who is currently being held in Diyarbakır Closed D Type Prison.
 
 
List of journalists imprisoned in Turkey
 
 
1 Abdulkadir Turay, DİHA reporter
2 Abdullah Kılıç, Habertürk
3 Abdullah Özyurt, Zaman reporter
4 Murat Güreş, Gaziantep Güncel Editor-in-Chief
5 Furkan Gökşen, detailhaber.com editor-in-chief
6 Loup Bureau, freelancer
7 Abdulvahap İş (Freelance journalist)
8 Abdürrahim Ersöz, Antalya
9 Ahmet Altan
10 Ahmet Memiş, Gazeteci, Haberdar news website
11 Ahmet Metin Sekizkardeş, Zaman journalist
12 Ahmet Şık, Cumhuriyet reporter
13 Ahmet Turan Alkan, Zaman
14 Ahmet Yavaş, TRT (Erzurum)
15 Akın Atalay, Pres. of Cumhuriyet Foundation Executive Board
16 Alaattin Güner, Cihan media director
17 Ali Ahmet Böken, TRT News coordinator
18 Ali Aşikar – Azadiya Welat
19 Ali Babür Boysal, Zaman page designer
20 Ali Bulaç, Eski Zaman columnist
21 Ali Konar, Azadiya Welat bureau chief
22 Ali Ünal, Zaman columnist
23 Ali Yüce, TRT Radio broadcasts chief
24 Arafat Dayan, Demokratik Ulus
25 Aslı Ceren Aslan, Özgür Gelecek
26 Atilla Taş, Meydan columnist
27 Ayhan Demir, Çaldıran News Agency
28 Ayşe Nazlı Ilıcak
29 Ayşenur Parıldak, Zaman, Haberdar
30 Aytekin Gezici, journalist/writer
31 Aziz İstegün, Diyarbakır Zaman representative
32 Bayram Kaya, Zaman reporter
33 Beytullah Özdemir, Zaman Düzce bureau chief
34 Burçin Dokgöz, former Zaman and Çorum reporter
35 Bünyamin Köseli, Aksiyon magazine reporter
36 Cebrail Parıltı, Anadolu Ajansı (AA) Derik reporter
37 Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Journalists and Writers’ Foundation
38 Ceren Taşkın, Hatay'ın Sesi
39 Cihan Acar, Bugün reporter
40 Cuma Kaya, Zaman
41 Cuma Ulus, Millet newspaper’s publications coordinator
42 Deniz Yücel, Die Welt
43 Emin Demir, Freelancer
44 Emre Soncan, Zaman defense reporter
45 Ercan Gün, Fox TV
46 Erdal Süsem, Eylül magazine editor
47 Erdal Şen, former Meydan managing editor
48 Erdoğan Alayamut, Dihaber reporter
49 Erol Yüksel (TRT News Department vice president))
50 Erol Zavar, Odak magazine, owner and newsroom director
51 Fahrettin Kılıç, Özgür Toplum
52 Faruk Akkan, Cihan news agency
53 Ferhat Çiftçi, Azadiya Welat Gaziantep bureau chief
54 Fevzi Yazıcı
55 Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, Türksolu columnist
56 Gökmen Ulu, Sözcü
57 Gurbet Çakar, Hevi women’s magazine
58 Gültekin Avcı
59 Habip Güler, Zaman reporter
60 Hakan Aksel, TRT producer-director
61 Hakan Ergün, Azadiya Welat and Özgür Gündem distributor
62 Hakan Taşdelen
63 Halil İbrahim Mert, TRT (Erzurum)
64 Hamit Dilbahar, Azadiya Welat columnist
65 Hamza Günerigök, TRT
66 Hanım Büşra Erdal, Zaman reporter and columnist
67 Hasan Duman, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi distributor
68 Haşim Söylemez, Aksiyon columnist
69 Hatice Duman, Atılım newspaper’s owner and managing editor
70 Hayati Yıldız, Azadiya Welat
71 Hidayet Karaca, Samanyolu Media Group President
72 Hülya Karakaya, Özgür Halk Managing Editor
73 Hüseyin Aydın, Cihan reporter
74 Hüseyin Turan, Zaman columnist
75 İbrahim Balta, Zaman business editor
76 İbrahim Kareyeğen, responsible editor for Zaman
77 İdris Okur, Cihan New Agency Çorum reporter
78 İdris Sayılgan, DİHA
79 İlker İlkan, Azadiya Welat
80 İnan Kızılkaya, Özgür Gündem Newsroom Editor
81 İsmail Avcı, Zaman
82 İsmail Efe, local press advisor in İzmir
83 Kadri Gürsel, Editorial Advisor
84 Kamuran Sunbat, DİHA Çukurova reporter (formerly)
85 Kemal Sancılı, Özgür Gündem copyrights holder
86 Kenan Karavil, Radyo Dünya editor-in-chief
87 Lokman Erdoğan, Çorum Manşet, owner
88 Mahir Kanaat, BirGün, head of accountingn
89 Mediha Olgun, Sözcü
90 Mehmet Altan
91 Mehmet Baransu, Taraf columnist/reporter
92 Mehmet Çakmakçı, Medyascope.tv reporter
93 Mehmet Dener, Şanlıurfa.com editor-in-chief
94 Mehmet Güleş, DİHA
95 Mehmet Kuru, Zaman Eskişehir reporter
96 Mehmet Özdemir, Zaman columnist
97 Meltem Oktay, DİHA reporter
98 Meşale Tolu, ETHA translater
99 Mikail Barut, Özgür Halk former editor
100 Miktat Algül, Mezitli FM General Publications Coordinator
101 Mizgin Çay – Radyo Karacadağ
102 Muhammet Taşçılar, Şanlıurfa.com editor-in-chief
103 Murat Aksoy,former Yeni Şafak columnist
104 Murat Avcıoğlu, Zaman
105 Murat Çapan,
106 Murat Dağdeviren (Demokrat Gebze owner)
107 Murat Sabuncu, Editor-in- Chief
108 Mustafa Erkan Acar, Bugün news editor,
109 Mustafa Gök, Ankara bureau chief for Ekmek ve Adalet magazine
110 Mustafa Ünal, Zaman
111 Mutlu Çölgeçen, Millet, newsroom coordinator
112 Mümtazer Türköne, Zaman columnist
113 Nadir Yücel, Çorum Yıldız (local) Editor-in-Chief
114 Nedim Türfent,DİHA
115 Nizamettin İzgi (Batman Newspaper’s owner)
116 Nur Ener, Yeni Asya
117 Nuri Durna, TRT
118 Nuri Yeşil, Azadiya Welat Dersim bureau chief
119 Nurullah Kaya, G.antep Zaman representative
120 Oğuz Usluer, Habertürk former broadcasts coordinator
121 Osman Yakut, Zaman Antalya
122 Ömer Çelik, DİHA news manager
123 Ömer Oruç, Cihan newspaper
124 Ömer Özdemir, Antalya eski Zaman muhabiri
125 Özcan Keser (TRT reporter)
126 Özkan Erdoğan, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi
127 Rabia Özkaya, Özgür Halk
128 Ramazan Alkan, Yeni Akit reporter
129 Resul Cengiz, Denizli reporter with Zaman
130 Sadık Demir – Radyo Karacadağ
131 Salih Erbekler – Radyo Karacadağ
132 Sami Tunca, Mücadele Birliği magazine Managing Editor
133 Selman Keleş, DİHA
134 Serhat Şeftali, Zaman regional bureau chief for the Med region
135 Serkan Aydemir, Bitlis Aktüel reporter
136 Serkan Erdoğan, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi
137 Seyid Kılıç, TRT News
138 Seyithan Akyüz, Azadiya Welat Adana bureau chief
139 Sezgin Kartal, Sosyalist Dayanımşa magazine
140 Şahabettin Demir, DİHA reporter
141 Şahin Alpay, Zaman columnist
142 Şeref Yılmaz, Irmak TV
143 Şerife Oruç, DİHA reporter
144 Şirin Çoban, Azadiya Welat
145 Tahsin Kürklü, Zaman – head of Logistics Department
146 Togay Okay, Özgür Gelecek
147 Tunca Öğreten, former Diken editor
148 Tuncer Çetinkaya, Zaman Antalya
149 Ufuk Şanlı, former Vatan columnist
150 Ulaş Sezgin, ETHA reporter
151 Ünal Tanık, Rota Haber editor-in-chief
152 Vahit Yazgan, İzmir Zaman bureau chief
153 Vedat Beki, Sözcü 18
154 Vedat Demir, former Yarına Bakış writer
155 Yakup Çetin, Zaman reporter
156 Yakup Şimşek, Zaman, marketing director
157 Yalçın Güler, TRT (Erzurum)
158 Yener Dönmez, Habervaktim news website
159 Yetkin Yıldız, Aktif Haber website editor
160 Yılmaz Kahraman, Özgür Halk editor
161 Yusuf Karataş, Evrensel columnist
162 Zafer Özsoy
163 Zehra Doğan, Jinha
164 Ziya Ataman, DİHA reporter
 
Lists of all journalists in prison and the media institutions, associations and foundations closed down under the State of Emergency can be viewed here.
 

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