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17 August

Journalists in State of Emergency – 85

Nine journalists detained for using ByLock arrested and sent to prison. Two journalists imprisoned in Gaziantep released

On August 16, nine out of 11 journalists who were detained six days ago in an investigation being conducted by the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office into the “media arm of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ)” were arrested by court order.

The nine journalists now imprisoned awaiting trial were among 35 for whom arrest warrants were issued on July 21 on charges of using ByLock — an encrypted chat application which Turkish authorities say was used by members of the Fethullah Gülen network, which is allegedly the group behind the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.

Eleven out of the 35 were taken into police custody, while 24 others could not be found at their residential addresses.

The journalists were charged with “membership in a terrorist organization” after being interrogated first by prosecutors and then being arraigned by a judgeship on the request of the prosecutor in charge of the probe. Those who were arrested are: BirGün newspaper’s internet editor Burak Ekici, Zaman and Cihan reporter Muhsin Pilgir, İhlas News Agency (İHA) editor Ömer Faruk Aydemir, Cihan reporter Sait Gürkan Tuzlu, former Samanyolu television news editor Cüneyt Seza Özkan, Ahmet Feyzullah Özyurt, Cihan reporter Mutlu Özay, Mehmet Ali Ay and former Fenerbahçe TV news manager Yasir Kaya.

Vatan daily’s page designer Yusuf Duran and former Turkiye columnist Ahmet Sağırlı were released under judicial control measures.

The imprisonment of 9 journalists follows arrest warrants issued on July 21, 2017 for 34 former employees of media institutions closed down by emergency decrees, again for using ByLock. None of the 34 people was identified in the news reports.

On July 19, eight former Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) employees were also sent to jail pending trial on ByLock-related charges in Istanbul while on July 12, arrest warrants were issued for 34 former TRT employees. No names were released to the media.

Two Gaziantep journalists released

Two local Gaziantep journalists who were sent to prison on August 2 for “violating a confidentiality order” imposed on the case of a businessman who was imprisoned in an investigation into the Fethullah Gülen network were released on August 15.

Murat Güreş and Furkan Gökşen were arrested for publishing testimony from the businessman. They were released following objections filed by their lawyers to their arrest ruling.

With the recent ByLock arrests and the release of the two local journalists, the number of journalists imprisoned in Turkey has reached 171.

İleri Haber editor briefly detained

İzgen Gökçe, an editor for the İleri Haber news website was detained in a home raid on August 15 in Bartın. Gökçe was taken to Ankara and was released later in the same day after giving statement to the authorities.

According to media reports, four members of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) and a member of the socialist Federation of Idea Clubs (FKF) are wanted in the same investigation as Gökçe.

A statement from İleri Haber noted that Gökçe currently studies journalism in university and has no affiliation with any group and only practices journalism.

Dihaber reporter Deniz Nazlım released 

Dihaber journalist Deniz Nazlım who was detained along with nine members of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) was released on August 16. The HDP members in custody were also released.


List of journalists imprisoned in Turey
 
 
1          Abdulkadir Turay, DİHA reporter
2          Abdullah Kılıç, Habertürk
3          Abdullah Özyurt, Zaman reporter
4          Abdulvahap İş (Freelance journalist)
5          Abdürrahim Ersöz, Antalya
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, Eski Zaman columnist
19       Ali Konar, Azadiya Welat bureau chief
20       Ali Ünal, Zaman columnist
21       Ali Yüce, TRT Radio broadcasts chief
22       Arafat Dayan, Demokratik Ulus
23       Aslı Ceren Aslan, Özgür Gelecek
24       Atilla Taş, Meydan columnist
25       Ayhan Demir, Çaldıran News Agency
26       Ayşe Nazlı Ilıcak
27       Ayşenur Parıldak, Zaman, Haberdar
28       Aytekin Gezici, journalist/writer
29       Aziz İstegün, Diyarbakır Zaman representative
30       Bayram Kaya, Zaman reporter
31       Beytullah Özdemir, Zaman Düzce bureau chief
32       Burak Ekici, Birgün
33       Burçin Dokgöz, former Zaman and Çorum reporter
34       Bünyamin Köseli, Aksiyon magazine reporter
35       Cebrail Parıltı, Anadolu Ajansı (AA) Derik reporter
36       Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Journalists and Writers’ Foundation
37       Ceren Taşkın, Hatay'ın Sesi
38       Cihan Acar, Bugün reporter
39       Cuma Kaya, Zaman
40       Cuma Ulus, Millet newspaper’s publications coordinator
41       Cüneyt Seza Özkan, Samanyolu TV
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       Hatice Duman, Atılım newspaper’s owner and managing editor
69       Hayati Yıldız, Azadiya Welat
70       Hidayet Karaca, Samanyolu Media Group President
71       Hülya Karakaya, Özgür Halk Managing Editor
72       Hüseyin Aydın, Cihan reporter
73       Hüseyin Turan, Zaman columnist
74       İbrahim Balta, Zaman business editor
75       İbrahim Kareyeğen, responsible editor for Zaman
76       İdris Okur, Cihan New Agency Çorum reporter
77       İdris Sayılgan, DİHA
78       İlker İlkan, Azadiya Welat
79       İnan Kızılkaya, Özgür Gündem Newsroom Editor
80       İsmail Avcı, Zaman
81       İsmail Efe, local press advisor in İzmir
82       Kadri Gürsel, Editorial Advisor
83       Kamuran Sunbat, DİHA Çukurova reporter (formerly)
84       Kemal Sancılı, Özgür Gündem copyrights holder
85       Kenan Karavil, Radyo Dünya editor-in-chief
86       Lokman Erdoğan, Çorum Manşet, owner
87       Loup Bureau, freelancer
88       Mahir Kanaat, BirGün, head of accountingn
89       Mediha Olgun, Sözcü
90       Mehmet Ali Aya
91       Mehmet Altan
92       Mehmet Baransu, Taraf columnist/reporter
93       Mehmet Çakmakçı, Medyascope.tv reporter
94       Mehmet Dener, Şanlıurfa.com editor-in-chief
95       Mehmet Güleş, DİHA
96       Mehmet Kuru, Zaman Eskişehir reporter
97       Mehmet Özdemir, Zaman columnist
98       Meltem Oktay, DİHA reporter
99       Meşale Tolu, ETHA translater
100     Mikail Barut, Özgür Halk former editor
101     Miktat Algül, Mezitli FM General Publications Coordinator
102     Mizgin Çay – Radyo Karacadağ
103     Muhammet Taşçılar, Şanlıurfa.com editor-in-chief
104     Muhsin Pilgir, Zaman and Cihan news agency
105     Murat Aksoy,former Yeni Şafak columnist
106     Murat Avcıoğlu, Zaman
107     Murat Çapan,
108     Murat Çelikkan (Özgür Gündem solidarity trial)
109     Murat Dağdeviren (Demokrat Gebze owner)
110     Murat Sabuncu, Editor-in- Chief
111     Mustafa Erkan Acar, Bugün news editor,
112     Mustafa Gök, Ankara bureau chief for Ekmek ve Adalet magazine
113     Mustafa Ünal, Zaman
114     Mutlu Çölgeçen, Millet, newsroom coordinator
115     Mutlu Özay, Cihan reporter
116     Mümtazer Türköne, Zaman columnist
117     Nadir Yücel, Çorum Yıldız (local) Editor-in-Chief
118     Nedim Türfent,DİHA
119     Nizamettin İzgi (Batman Newspaper’s owner)
120     Nur Ener, Yeni Asya
121     Nuri Durna, TRT
122     Nuri Yeşil, Azadiya Welat Dersim bureau chief
123     Nurullah Kaya, G.antep Zaman representative
124     Oğuz Usluer, Habertürk former broadcasts coordinator
125     Osman Yakut, Zaman Antalya
126     Ömer Çelik, DİHA news manager
127     Ömer Faruk Aydemir, İHA editor
128     Ömer Oruç, Cihan newspaper
129     Ömer Özdemir, Antalya eski Zaman muhabiri
130     Özcan Keser (TRT reporter)
131     Özkan Erdoğan, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi
132     Rabia Özkaya, Özgür Halk
133     Ramazan Alkan, Yeni Akit reporter
134     Resul Cengiz, Denizli reporter with Zaman
135     Sadık Demir – Radyo Karacadağ
136     Sait Gürka Tuzlu, Cihan reporter
137     Salih Erbekler – Radyo Karacadağ
138     Sami Tunca, Mücadele Birliği magazine Managing Editor
139     Selman Keleş, DİHA
140     Serhat Şeftali, Zaman regional bureau chief for the Med region
141     Serkan Aydemir, Bitlis Aktüel reporter
142     Serkan Erdoğan, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi
143     Seyid Kılıç, TRT News
144     Seyithan Akyüz, Azadiya Welat Adana bureau chief
145     Sezgin Kartal, Sosyalist Dayanımşa magazine
146     Şahabettin Demir, DİHA reporter
147     Şahin Alpay, Zaman columnist
148     Şeref Yılmaz, Irmak TV
149     Şerife Oruç, DİHA reporter
150     Şirin Çoban, Azadiya Welat
151     Tahsin Kürklü, Zaman – head of Logistics Department
152     Togay Okay, Özgür Gelecek
153     Tunca Öğreten, former Diken editor
154     Tuncer Çetinkaya, Zaman Antalya
155     Ufuk Şanlı, former Vatan columnist
156     Ulaş Sezgin, ETHA reporter
157     Ünal Tanık, Rota Haber editor-in-chief
158     Vahit Yazgan, İzmir Zaman bureau chief
159     Vedat Beki, Sözcü 18
160     Vedat Demir, former Yarına Bakış writer
161     Yakup Çetin, Zaman reporter
162     Yakup Şimşek, Zaman, marketing director
163     Yalçın Güler, TRT (Erzurum)
164     Yasir Kaya, Fenerbahçe TV, formerly
165     Yener Dönmez, Habervaktim news website
166     Yetkin Yıldız, Aktif Haber website editor
167     Yılmaz Kahraman, Özgür Halk editor
168     Yusuf Karataş, Evrensel columnist
169     Zafer Özsoy
170     Zehra Doğan, Jinha
171     Ziya Ataman, DİHA reporter

For full lists of journalists in prison, the outlets shut down under State of Emergency as well as lists of associatons and foundations shuttered under emergency decreese, click here.



Tags: Yasir Kaya ,Muhsin Pilgir ,Burak Ekici ,Murat Güreş ,Furkan Gökşen ,İzgen Gökçe ,Deniz Nazlım

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