Local Hatay journalist Ceren Taşkın arrested; six journalists still in detention after 19 days
Özgür Gündem news editor İnan Kızılkaya, who’s still under arrest, is another suspect in the trial. He wasn’t brought to the courtroom for the trial from Silivri Prison where he is held.
Financı and Önderoğlu attended the hearing. Ahmet Nesin, traveling abroad, will testify in the next session. The trial was adjourned until March 22.
Gazete Karınca has reported that Taşkın was earlier detained for “spreading propaganda for a terrorist group” over her posts.
Taşkın was sent to prison on Jan. 12.
Her arrest brings the number of journalists in prison, who are either under arrest or serving a sentence for a conviction, to 148 by P24’s count.
Most recently, former Habertürk coordinator Oğuz Usluer was arrested on Dec. 28, 2016 and Kemal Sancılı, who owns the rights to the name of the Özgür Gündem daily, was arrested on Jan. 2.
Another journalist on trial on Jan. 12 was Hasan Cemal, a T24 columnist and the Founding President of Platform for Independent Journalism P24. Cemal appeared before the Istanbul 22nd High Criminal Court over an article titled “Fehman Hüseyin” for which he is accused of “spreading terrorist propaganda.” Cemal denied the charges against him saying “Journalism is not a crime” in his court statement. The trial was adjourned until Feb. 14, 2017.
Two journalists detained
Beritan İrlan, a journalist covering the recent attack on the Antep Police Department on Jan. 10, was taken into custody. The journalist was released on Jan. 11.
Also on Jan. 10, journalist Aylina Kılıç tweeted that she was taken into custody at the Sabiha Gökçen airport. She later announced she was released after being held overnight.
Six journalists held without arraignment for 19 days
Six journalists who were detained on Dec. 25, 2016 in an investigation believed to be linked to their reports about the leaked emails of Berat Albayrak -- Turkey’s Energy Minister and also the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan -- still weren’t taken before a prosecutor as their time in custody entered its 19th day on Jan. 12.
Those who are being kept in custody without being arraigned are Tunca Öğreten, a former editor for Diken; Derya Okatan, a managing editor for the ETHA news agency; Metin Yoksu, a reporter for the shuttered DİHA news agency; Mahir Kanaat, an employee of the Birgün daily; Eray Saygın, the owner of Yolculuk newspaper and Ömer Çelik, a news editor for DİHA.
According to a report in Cumhuriyet, Özlem Gümüştaş, a lawyer who represents Derya Okatan, said, the prosecutor assigned to the case, who was on leave at the time of the detentions, had returned to duty but still refused to hear testimony of the journalists.