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27 August

Journalists in State of Emergency – 14

Total number of journalists under arrest in Turkey reaches 104 with recent arrests


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. 

Investigations outside coup probe

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. 

Prison visit from P24
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. 

Press Bans
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


Behçet Akyar


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


Faruk Kardıç


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


Hamit Çiçek


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 Döğme


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


Nevzat Güner


Nuri Durna, TRT (Ezurum), Under arrest


Nuriye Ural (Akman), Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest

Nurullah Kaya, former Zaman Gaziantep regional representative, Under arrest


Oktay Vızvız,


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


Ömer Karakaş


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


Sedat Yetişkin


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


Süleyman Sargın


Şahin Alpay, Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest


Şenol Kahraman


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


Veysel Ayhan


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 Durgut


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.
News Agencies: Cihan Haber Ajansı, Muhabir Haber Ajansı and  SEM Haber Ajansı 
Newspapers: 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 can contact us at punto24info@gmail.com 


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