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Journalists in State of Emergency - 117

Journalist Cem Bahtiyar sent to prison over social media posts and news articles; 157 journalists are in prison across Turkey


Former BirGün journalist Mete Cem Bahtiyar was imprisoned pending trial on February 7 for “terrorism propaganda” over his social media posts and news reports.
 
Bahtiyar was reportedly arrested a day before in a police raid of his home in the western province of Balıkesir.
 
Police teams searching Bahtiyar’s home seized his computer and phone as well as a number of books, including those authored by Turkish journalist İsmail Saymaz and linguist Noam Chomsky.
 
Bahtiyar said in his statement that he has not been actively involved in journalism fort he past three years. “Before, I was a reporter for BirGün newspaper. I have not spread propaganda for any terrorist organization, I am not member of any group,” Bahtiyar said.
 
With Bahtiyar’s imprisonment, the number of journalists serving conviction or held in pre-trial detention in Turkey has risen to 157. The full list can be accessed here.
 
List of journalists in prison (as of February 8, 2018)

1          Abdulkadir Turay, DİHA reporter
2          Abdullah Kaya, DİHA
3          Abdullah Kılıç, Habertürk
4          Abdullah Özyurt, Zaman reporter
5          Abdulvahap İş (Freelance journalist)
6          Ahmet Altan
7          Ahmet Feyzullah Özyurt
8          Ahmet Memiş, Gazeteci, Haberdar news website
9          Ahmet Metin Sekizkardeş, Zaman journalist
10       Ahmet Şık, Cumhuriyet reporter
11       Ahmet Turan Alkan, Zaman
12       Ahmet Yavaş, TRT (Erzurum)
13       Akın Atalay, Pres. of Cumhuriyet Foundation Executive Board
14       Alaattin Güner, Cihan media director
15       Ali Ahmet Böken, TRT News coordinator
16       Ali Aşikar – Azadiya Welat
17       Ali Babür Boysal, Zaman page designer
18       Ali Bulaç, former Zaman columnist
19       Ali Sönmez Kayar, ETHA reporter
20       Ali Ünal, Zaman columnist
21       Ali Yüce, TRT Radio broadcasts chief
22       Arafat Dayan, Demokratik Ulus
23       Aslı Ceren Aslan, Özgür Gelecek
24       Ayhan Demir, Çaldıran News Agency
25       Ayşe Nazlı Ilıcak
26       Ayşenur Parıldak, Zaman, Haberdar
27       Aytekin Gezici, journalist/writer
28       Aziz İstegün, Diyarbakır Zaman representative
29       Barış Ceyhan, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi employee
30       Bayram Kaya, Zaman reporter
31       Behram Kılıç
32       Beytullah Özdemir, Zaman Düzce bureau chief
33       Burak Ekici, Birgün
34       Burçin Dokgöz, former Zaman and Çorum reporter
35       Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Journalists and Writers’ Foundation
36       Ceren Taşkın, Hatay'ın Sesi
37       Cuma Kaya, Zaman
38       Cuma Ulus, Millet newspaper’s publications coordinator
39       Cüneyt Seza Özkan, Samanyolu TV
40       Çağdaş Erdoğan, Photojournalist
41       Deniz Yücel, Die Welt
42       Emin Demir, Freelancer
43       Emre Soncan, Zaman defense reporter
44       Ercan Gün, Fox TV
45       Erdal Süsem, Eylül magazine editor
46       Erdal Şen, former Meydan managing editor
47       Erdoğan Alayamut, Dihaber reporter
48       Erol Yüksel (TRT News Department vice president))
49       Erol Zavar, Odak magazine, owner and newsroom director
50       Fahrettin Kılıç, Özgür Toplum
51       Faruk Akkan, Cihan news agency
52       Ferhat Çiftçi, Azadiya Welat Gaziantep bureau chief
53       Fevzi Yazıcı
54       Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, Türksolu columnist
55       Gurbet Çakar, Hevi women’s magazine
56       Gültekin Avcı
57       Habip Güler, Zaman reporter
58       Hakan Aksel, TRT producer-director
59       Hakan Ergün, Azadiya Welat and Özgür Gündem distributor
60       Hakan Taşdelen
61       Halil İbrahim Mert, TRT (Erzurum)
62       Hamit Dilbahar, Azadiya Welat columnist
63       Hamza Günerigök, TRT
64       Hanım Büşra Erdal, Zaman reporter and columnist
65       Hasan Duman, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi distributor
66       Hatice Duman, Atılım newspaper’s owner and managing editor
67       Havva Cuştan, ETHA reporter
68       Hayati Yıldız, Azadiya Welat
69       Haydar Ergül, Demokratik Modernite editor
70       Hidayet Karaca, Samanyolu Media Group President
71       Hüseyin Aydın, Cihan reporter
72       Hüseyin Turan, Zaman columnist
73       İbrahim Kareyeğen, responsible editor for Zaman
74       İdris Okur, Cihan New Agency Çorum reporter
75       İdris Sayılgan, DİHA
76       İdris Yılmaz
77       İshak Karakaş, Hakın Nabzı editor in chief
78       İsmail Efe, local press advisor in İzmir
79       İsmail Ersan, Anatolia news agency
80       İsminaz Temel, ETHA editor
81       Kamuran Sunbat, DİHA Çukurova reporter (formerly)
82       Kemal Demir, TV 10
83       Kemal Özer, Evrensel
84       Kenan Karavil, Radyo Dünya editor-in-chief
85       Mehmet Ali Ay
86       Mehmet Altan
87       Mehmet Baransu, Taraf columnist/reporter
88       Mehmet Dener, Şanlıurfa.com editor-in-chief
89       Mehmet Güleş, DİHA
90       Mehmet Gündem
91       Mehmet Kuru, Zaman Eskişehir reporter
92       Mehmet Özdemir, Zaman columnist
93       Meltem Oktay, DİHA reporter
94       Mete Cem Bahtiyar, former BirGün reporter
95       Mikail Barut, Özgür Halk former editor
96       Miktat Algül, Mezitli FM General Publications Coordinator
97       Mizgin Çay – Radyo Karacadağ
98       Muhammet Taşçılar, Şanlıurfa.com editor-in-chief
99       Muhsin Pilgir, Zaman and Cihan news agency
100     Murat Avcıoğlu, Zaman
101     Murat Çapan, Nokta
102     Murat Dağdeviren (Demokrat Gebze owner)
103     Murat Sabuncu, Editor-in- Chief
104     Mustafa Erkan Acar, Bugün news editor,
105     Mustafa Gök, Ankara bureau chief for Ekmek ve Adalet magazine
106     Mustafa Ünal, Zaman
107     Mutlu Çölgeçen, Millet, newsroom coordinator
108     Mutlu Özay, Cihan reporter
109     Mümtazer Türköne, Zaman columnist
110     Nadir Yücel, Çorum Yıldız (local) Editor-in-Chief
111     Nedim Türfent,DİHA
112     Nizamettin İzgi (Batman Newspaper’s owner)
113     Nuh Gönültaş
114     Nur Ener, Yeni Asya
115     Nuri Durna, TRT
116     Nuri Yeşil, Azadiya Welat Dersim bureau chief
117     Nurullah Kaya, G.antep Zaman representative
118     Oğuz Usluer, Habertürk former broadcasts coordinator
119     Osman Yakut, Zaman Antalya
120     Ömer Oruç, Cihan newspaper
121     Özcan Keser (TRT reporter)
122     Rabia Özkaya, Özgür Halk
123     Ramazan Alkan, Yeni Akit reporter
124     Resul Cengiz, Denizli reporter with Zaman
125     Sadık Demir – Radyo Karacadağ
126     Sait Gürka Tuzlu, Cihan reporter
127     Salih Erbekler – Radyo Karacadağ
128     Sami Tunca, Mücadele Birliği magazine Managing Editor
129     Seda Taşkın, Mesopotamia News Agency reporter
130     Semiha Mete, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi reporter and distributor
131     Serhat Şeftali, Zaman regional bureau chief for the Med region
132     Serkan Aydemir, Bitlis Aktüel reporter
133     Seyid Kılıç, TRT News
134     Seyithan Akyüz, Azadiya Welat Adana bureau chief
135     Şahabettin Demir, DİHA reporter
136     Şahin Alpay, Zaman columnist
137     Şeref Yılmaz, Irmak TV
138     Şerife Oruç, DİHA reporter
139     Tahsin Kürklü, Zaman – head of Logistics Department
140     Togay Okay, Özgür Gelecek
141     Tuncer Çetinkaya, Zaman Antalya
142     Turgut Usul, TRT reporter
143     Ufuk Şanlı, former Vatan columnist
144     Ünal Tanık, Rota Haber editor-in-chief
145     Vahit Yazgan, İzmir Zaman bureau chief
146     Veli Büyükşahin, TV10 executive
147     Veli Haydar Güleç, TV10 executive
148     Yakup Çetin, Zaman reporter
149     Yakup Şimşek, Zaman, marketing director
150     Yalçın Güler, TRT (Erzurum)
151     Yasir Kaya, Fenerbahçe TV, formerly
152     Yener Dönmez, Habervaktim news website
153     Yetkin Yıldız, Aktif Haber website editor
154     Yılmaz Kahraman, Özgür Halk editor
155     Zafer Özsoy
156     Zehra Doğan, Jinha
157     Ziya Ataman, DİHA reporter


For a full list of all the imprisoned journalists in Turkey, visit this spreadsheet. Lists of all of the foundations and associations as well as media outlets shut down can also be found at the same link, although on different tabs of the same spreadsheet.

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