In this July 24, 2016, handout photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gives the Rabaa salute, a reference to Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawaya Square, where Egyptian soldiers and police in August 2013 killed hundreds of supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi protesting the military’s ousting of the Egyptian president in July 2013. (Pool/AP)
At least 48 journalists detained in one week Police in Turkey detained at least 48 journalists in the past week, according to the independent news website P24 and the Twitter account of Ben Gazeteciyim, a volunteer association of Turkish journalists formed to show solidarity with their threatened colleagues. At the time of publication, 21 of those detained were at Istanbul’s Çağlayan Courthouse being interrogated by prosecutors and waiting to see a judge. Eren Şener, lawyer for journalists Bülent Mumay and Arda Akın, told the news website Bianet that prosecutors had asked his clients about their activity on Twitter, news stories they had written, and whether they viewed the Hizmet movement, which the Turkish government accuses of orchestrating a failed military coup on July 15 that left more than 200 people dead, as a terrorist organization.
According to P24 and Ben Gazeteciyim, the 21 people at Çağlayan Courthouse at the time of publication were:
Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu
Hanım Büşra Erdal
Mustafa Erkan Acar
According to P24 and Ben Gazeteciyim, police also detained the following journalists in the last week:
Hakan Bülent Yardımcı
Ahmet Turan Alkan
Ahmet Metin Sekizkardeş
Osman Nuri Arslan
Government revokes credentials of at least 330 journalists The General Directorate of Press-Publishing Information (BYEGM), the bureau within the prime minister’s office responsible for issuing press credentials to journalists has revoked the credentials of at least 330 journalists since the failed July 15 coup attempt, BYEGM Deputy Director Ekrem Okutan announced today, according to press reports.