Expression Interrupted

Journalists and academics bear the brunt of the massive crackdown on freedom of expression in Turkey. Scores of them are currently subject to criminal investigations or behind bars. This website is dedicated to tracking the legal process against them.

Journalists in State of Emergency - 59

Journalists in State of Emergency - 59

On May 2, Ayşenur Parıldak, a Zaman journalist who has been imprisoned as part of the probe into the alleged group behind the July 15 coup attempt was rearrested without ever leaving prison following an overturned release decision.

The Ankara 14th High Criminal Court on May 2 ruled to release Parıldak issuing an international travel ban. Shortly after her release, a prosecutor objected to the decision, which was accepted by a court, effectively overturning the release ruling.

A similar episode earlier occurred in Istanbul, when 21 journalists on trial in Istanbul and six others in Antalya were released by court rulings but later either immediately rearrested after prosecutorial objections or detained and arrested in new investigations. Only three people, one in Istanbul and two in Antalya were released after the ordeal.

The judges on the panel of the Istanbul court which had issued the ruling were suspended after about a week of the trial.

Bursa journalist arrested

On May 4, Ozan Kaplanoğlu, an editor with the Bursa Muhalif, a local newspaper, was detained during an early morning raid on his home. Sendika.org reported that Kaplanoğlu was taken into custody on charges of spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization. His lawyers have said they don’t have access to the full content of the accusations as there is a confidentaility order on the case. The journalist was arrested by a Bursa court on May 5 on the same charge.

DİHA journalist kept in isolation

Nedim Türfent, a reporter for the shuttered Dicle News Agency (DİHA) -- later reopened as Dihaber-- who has been imprisoned since May 13, 2016 on terror-related charges, said he had been kept in solitary confinement or five days according to report on April 30. Türfent was moved to the cell on April 26.

Türfent, who is being kept in Van Prison, will appear before a judge on June 14 at the Hakkari High Criminal Court.

DİHA journalist handed down prison sentence

DİHA reporter Mehmet Güleş, who has been imprisoned since December 2016 on terror related charges, was sentenced to 9 years four months and 15 days in prision on May 3, World Press Freedom Day. The journalist was taken into custody on Dec. 7, 2016 while reporting the news at the Elazığ Courthouse.

Güleş was sentenced for “membership in a terrorist organization,” and “propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organizaton.”

Cumhuriyet board elections canceled by court order

On May 2, an Istanbul court ruled to cancel the executive board elections held by the Cumhuriyet Foundation, which owns the Cumhuriyet newspaper, three years ago.

The court canceled the election results on the grounds of “procedural violations in board member assignments.”

The court case was brought by former Cumhuriyet board members Alev Coşkun, Şevket Tokuş, Mustafa Pamukoğlu and Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Mustafa Balbay.

If the decision is upheld during the appeals process, the board elections will be held again in a meeting of the former board members including Balbay.

Currently, ten members of the newspaper’s board, including its columnists and a cartoonist, are in prison. They were arrested in November 2016. Ahmet Şık, a reporter for Cumhuriyet, has also been in prison since December 2016.

Journalists in prison under arrest pending trial or serving after a conviction

1     Abdulkadir Turay, DİHA reporter

2     Abdullah Kaya, DİHA

3     Abdullah Kılıç, Habertürk

4     Abdullah Özyurt, Zaman reporter

5     Abdulvahap İş (Freelance journalist)

6     Abdürrahim Ersöz, Antalya

7     Ahmet Altan

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

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     Bülent Utku, Cumhuriyet Foundation board member

33     Bünyamin Köseli, Aksiyon magazine reporter

34     Cebrail Parıltı, Anadolu Ajansı (AA) Derik reporter

35     Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Journalists and Writers’ Foundation

36     Ceren Taşkın, Hatay'ın Sesi

37     Cihan Acar, Bugün reporter

38     Cihat Ünal, Antalya Zaman reporter

39     Cuma Kaya, Zaman

40     Cuma Ulus, Millet newspaper’s publications coordinator

41     Deniz Yücel, Die Welt

42     Eda Şanlı Akıllı, Antalya owner, writer for Bizim Antalya

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     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     Fatma Ölmez (Radyo Ses employees)

53     Ferhat Çiftçi, Azadiya Welat Gaziantep bureau chief

54     Fevzi Yazıcı

55     Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, Türksolu columnist

56     Gurbet Çakar, Hevi women’s magazine

57     Gültekin Avcı

58     Güray Tekin Öz, columnist

59     Habip Güler, Zaman reporter

60     Hakan Ergün, Azadiya Welat and Özgür Gündem distributor

61     Hakan Karasinir, columnist

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 Sayılgan, DİHA

78     İlker İlkan, Azadiya Welat

79     İnan Kızılkaya, Özgür Gündem Newsroom Editor

80     İsa Siyi, Haberdar

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     Kazım Kızıl, Kamera Sokak

86     Kemal Sancılı, Özgür Gündem copyrights holder

87     Kenan Baş, Antalya Zaman reporter

88     Kenan Karavil, Radyo Dünya editor-in-chief

89     Lokman Erdoğan, Çorum Manşet, owner

90     Mahir Kanaat, BirGün, head of accountingn

91     Mazlum Dolan,DİHA reporter

92     Mehmet Altan

93     Mehmet Baransu, Taraf columnist/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     Mikail Barut, Özgür Halk former editor

99     Miktat Algül, Mezitli FM General Publications Coordinator

100     Mizgin Çay – Radyo Karacadağ

101     Muhammet Taşçılar, Şanlıurfa.com editor-in-chief

102     Murat Aksoy,former Yeni Şafak columnist

103     Murat Avcıoğlu, Zaman

104     Murat Dağdeviren (Demokrat Gebze owner)

105     Murat Öztürk, Çorum Manşet editor

106     Murat Sabuncu, Editor-in- Chief

107     Musa Kart, Cartoonist

108     Mustafa Erkan Acar, Bugün news editor,

109     Mustafa Gök, Ankara bureau chief for Ekmek ve Adalet magazine

110     Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Cumhuriyet Foundation board member

111     Mustafa Ünal, Zaman

112     Mutlu Çölgeçen, Millet, newsroom coordinator

113     Mümtazer Türköne, Zaman columnist

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     Olgun Matur, Antalya local journalist

122     Osman Yakut, Zaman Antalya

123     Ozan Kaplanoğlu, Bursa Muhalif

124     Ömer Çelik, DİHA news manager

125     Ömer Oruç, Cihan newspaper

126     Ömer Özdemir, Antalya eski Zaman muhabiri

127     Önder Çelik, Cumhuriyet Foundation board member

128     Özcan Keser (TRT reporter)

129     Özgür Amed (Ethem Çağır), Özgür Gündem writer

130     Özkan Mayda, Antalya reporter with Zaman

131     Rabia Özkaya, Özgür Halk

132     Ramazan Alkan, Yeni Akit reporter

133     Resul Cengiz, Denizli reporter with Zaman

134     Sadık Demir – Radyo Karacadağ

135     Salih Erbekler – Radyo Karacadağ

136     Sami Tunca, Mücadele Birliği magazine Managing Editor

137     Selman Keleş, DİHA

138     Serkan Aydemir, Bitlis Aktüel reporter

139     Seyid Kılıç, TRT News

140     Seyithan Akyüz, Azadiya Welat Adana bureau chief

141     Şahabettin Demir, DİHA reporter

142     Şahin Alpay, Zaman columnist

143     Şeref Yılmaz, Irmak TV

144     Şerife Oruç, DİHA reporter

145     Şirin Çoban, Azadiya Welat

146     Tahsin Kürklü, Zaman – head of Logistics Department

147     Togay Okay, Özgür Gelecek

148     Tunca Öğreten, former Diken editor

149     Tuncer Çetinkaya, Zaman Antalya

150     Turhan Günay, Chief Editor of Cumhuriyet supplement

151     Ufuk Şanlı, former Vatan columnist

152     Ünal Tanık, Rota Haber editor-in-chief

153     Vahit Yazgan, İzmir Zaman bureau chief

154     Vedat Beki, Sözcü 18

155     Vedat Demir, former Yarına Bakış writer

156     Yakup Çetin, Zaman reporter

157     Yakup Şimşek, Zaman, marketing director

158     Yalçın Güler, TRT (Erzurum)

159     Yener Dönmez, Habervaktim news website

160     Yetkin Yıldız, Aktif Haber website editor

161     Yılmaz Kahraman, Özgür Halk editor

162     Zafer Özsoy

163     Ziya Ataman, DİHA reporter

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, İMC TV, Hayat TV, Özgür Gün TV, Van TV, Van Genç TV, TV 10, Jiyan TV, Azadi TV, Denge TV, Mezopotamya TV , Birlik Medya TV, Yol Tv.

News Agencies: Cihan Haber Ajansı, Muhabir Haber Ajansı, SEM Haber Ajansı, JIN, DİHA

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, Azadiya Welat, Batman Çağdaş, CizrePostası, Güney Express,İdil Haber,Kızıltepe’nin Sesi, Prestij Haber Gazetesi, Urfanatik Gazetesi, Yüksekova Haber.Express Gazetesi (Adana), Türkiye Manşet (Çorum), Dağyeli Gazetesi (Hatay), Akis Gazetesi (Kütahya), İpekyolu Gazetesi (Ordu), Son Dakika Gazetesi (İzmir), Yedigün Gazetesi (Ankara), Haberexen Dergisi(Samsun), Van İpekyolu .

Magazines: Akademik Araştırmalar, Aksiyon, Asya Pasifik, Bisiklet Çocuk, Diyalog, Avrasya, Ekolife, Ekoloji, Fountain, Gonca, Gül Yaprağı, Nokta, Sızıntı, Yağmur, Yeni Ümit, Zirve, Evrensel Kültür Dergisi, Özgürlük Dünyası, Tiroj, Yürüyüş.

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, Rengin Radyo, Özgür Radyo, Ses Radyo, Radyo Karacadağ, Özgür Güneş, Patnos FM, Dünya Radyo, Batman FM.

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.

Outlets allowed to resume broadcasts after being shut down under SoE: Zarok TV (must comply with new requirement of 40 percent of broadcasts in Turkish), Yön Radyo.

* 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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