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03 August

Journalists in State of Emergency - 80

French journalist Loup Bureau arrested in Şırnak, two local journalists arrested in Gaziantep. Journalist Ozan Kaplanoğlu released from prison

 
 
 On July 26, French journalist Loup Bureau, detained at the Habur Border Gate while entering Turkey from Iraq, was imprisoned pending trial on terrorism charges by a court on August 2.
 
News reports have said the French journalist was placed in pre-trial detention on charges of “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization.” He was placed in Şırnak Prison and a confidentiality order was imposed on his case.
 
BBC Turkish has reported that Bureau visited Arbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government, two weeks ago and then returned to Turkey, where he was detained under a prosecutorial warrant. An academic thesis he wrote on the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish militia force in Syria, and some of the photographs he has taken were used as evidence to charge him with helping a terrorist group.
 
Two journalists imprisoned in Gaziantep
 
Two of four journalists taken into police custody in Gaziantep province for printing testimony from a businessman who was being investigated in a confidential probe into the July 15 coup attempt of last year were imprisoned pending trial in Gaziantep on August 2.
 
The case concerned the owner of a construction company, who is currently under arrest as part of an investigation into what the prosecutor calls the “FETÖ/PDY terrorist group” network in Gaziantep. His testimony was published by some local newspapers and news websites, which authorities have said defies a confidentiality order on the businessman’s case. The Gaziantep Chief Prosecutor’s Office issued arrest warrants for the four journalists on charges of “violating a confidentiality order.”
 
Journalists  Metin Aybey, Murat Güreş and Furkan Gökşen were detained in the morning of August 2, while Kadir Akkurt, who was out of town in the morning hours, was detained the same day later in the evening. The three journalists were interrogated first by police, then by prosecutors and later referred to a court with prosecutors demanding their imprisonment pending trial. Güreş and Gökşen were sent to jail while Aybey was released under judicial control measures. Akkurt was released by prosecutors after testifying. 
 
Bursa journalist released from prison
 
Editor of the local Bursa news website bursamuhalif.com Ozan Kaplanoğlu, who has been in prison since May 5 on charges of “conducting terror propaganda” in his social media posts was released on August 2, following his first court appearance in a session heard by the Bursa 10th High Criminal Court.
 
Kaplanoğlu was initially investigated for “membership in a terrorist organization and terrorist propaganda,” “insulting the president,” and “insulting religious sensibilities,” but later arrested on charges of “terror propaganda.” The journalist, who was imprisoned in a Denizli prison, testified in court via Turkey’s legal teleconferencing system SEGBİS. The court ruled for his release but issued an international travel ban.
 
The total number of journalists in prison  following Kaplanoğlu’s release and the recent three arrests reached 164. The full list can be viewed here.
 
Cameramen Rojhat Doğru released
 
Rojhat Doğru, a cameraman with NRT TV who was detained in Diyarbakır province in late July was released on August 2, after nine days in detention.
 
The cameraman for NRT TV, which broadcasts in the Iraqi Kurdistan, was detained on July 25 in a home raid.
 
Two more Özgürlükçü Demokrasi distributors detained
 
Two employees of the Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper, Zinet Aşan and Cemile Çiftçi, were detained by police on August 1 while distributing copies of the newspaper.
 
The two media employees were detained for handing out copies of Özgürlükçü Demorkasi and the Rojeva Medya newspapers, according to news reports.
 
Their detention comes one week after the imprisonment pending trial of Özgürlükçü Demokrasi employees Özkan Erdoğan and Serkan Erdoğan on July 28 and 29 respectively on charges of membership in a terrorist organization and conducting propaganda for a terrorist organization.
 
Imprisoned journalist given forced haircut
 
Journalist Cihan Acar, who was imprisoned a year ago on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization” and participating in the 2016 coup attempt, was forced by prison guards to have his hair cut, despite attempting to grow it.
 
Acar’s lawyer Mustafa Söğütlü said Acar was forcibly shaved after he was taken to the prison barber. He said four or five warders were brought into the prison barber after he said he does not want his hair cut.
 
Söğütlü said a forced haircut is an act of maltreatment adding that he will file a complaint against the guards.
 
Evrensel writer indicted soon after arrest
 
An indictment accusing Evrensel writer Yusuf Karataş of “leading a terrorist organization” has been presented to a Diyarbakır court, according to news reports from July 31.
 
Karataş was arrested on July 27 in Diyarbakır province as part of an investigation into the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), an umbrella platform for a large number of pro-Kurdish civil society organizations. The indictment was completed a day after his arrest, Evrensel said.
 
The prosecutor demands up to 22.5 years of imprisonment for the Evrensel writer on the above mentioned charges.
 
Sendika.org blocked for 58th time
 
The news website Sendika.org has announced that access to its latest working website sendika58.org was blocked yet again by the  Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK). It said it was now online at sendika59.org.
 
On July 4, Sendika.org said it had asked to be included in the Guinness World Book of Records after being blocked for the 49th time.
 
 
List of journalists in Turkish prisons
 
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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