06 Dec 2017 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 10 Jan 2017 Turkey

Six Journalists Detained Without Explanation

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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Journalists and media workers Tunca Öğreten (freelance), Mahir Kanaat (BirGün daily), Ömer Çelik (DIHA news director), Metin Yoksa (DIHA correspondent), Eray Saygin (Yolculuk daily) and Derya Okatan (ETHA) have been detained by Turkish authorities on 25 December 2016 at 04:30 from their homes in Istanbul, Ankara and Diyarbakır. Derya Okatan (ETHA) is on hunger strike against “state of emergency rulings” since 25 December and Ömer Celik (DIHA) was allegedly beaten during his arrest.

Under the state of emergency, Turkish authorities have extended the detention period from 4 to 30 days and lawyers have no access to journalists for more than 5 days.

No official reason has been given for these arrests and the journalists claim that they are being badly treated in detention.
Updates
06 Dec 2017
On 6 December 2017 Tunca Öğreten and Mahir Kanaat were released on probation.The next hearing in the case is scheduled for 3 April 2018.
25 Oct 2017
On 24 October 2017, the 29th Istanbul Court for severe crimes issued an interim judgement after the first hearing of the six journalists' trial. The court ruled to release Ömer Çelik. Öğreten and Kanaat are to remain in detention on remand. The journalists are charged with "being a member of an armed terrorist organisation", "propagandising for a terrorist organisation", "blocking, damaging information system" and "altering or destroying data".
18 Jan 2017
On 18 January 2017, three of the six journalists were arrested (Tunca Öğreten, Mahir Kanaat and Ömer Çelik). The other three were released under judiciary control (Metin Yoksa, Eray Saygin and Derya Okatan).
Follow-ups
01 Oct 2017
The CoE Commissioner for Human Rights recalls that any restrictions on access to Internet content should be based on a clear and predictable framework affording guarantee of judicial oversight to prevent possible abuses.
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