12 Sep 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 27 Apr 2018 Turkey

Arrests and Confiscation at Özgürlükçü Demokrasi Newspaper

5 Journalists in detention
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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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On 28 March 2018, police raided the headquarter of the pro-Kurdish Özgürlükçü Democrasi (formerly known as Özgür Gündem) newspaper in Istanbul and its printing house arresting at least 32 journalists and media workers. The assets of the newspaper have been confiscated. On 04 April 2018, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper staff Reyhan Hacıoğlu, Pınar Tarlak, Hicran Ürün and its former staff Mehmet Beyazıt have also been detained without justification. According to Bianet, the ones from Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper who are currently in custody are: grant holder of Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper İhsan Yaşar, managing editor İshak Yasul, newspaper staffs Reyhan Hacıoğlu, Nedim Demirkıran, Mehmet Ali Çelebi , Ramazan Sola, Pınar Tarlak, Hicran Ürün, former media worker Mehmet Beyazıt.
12 Sep 2018
On 12 September 2018, the case hearing of 14 employees (6 of them in detention) of Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper has started before the İstanbul 23. High Criminal Court. Pınar Tarlak was released on judicial control whereas 5 other defendants will remain in detention. The hearing was adjourned until 6 December 2018.
16 Apr 2018
On 10 April 2018, Istanbul 3rd Criminal Court of Peace ordered the editors Mehmet Ali Çelebi, Reyhan Hacıoğlu and Hicran Urun and the newspaper's employee Pınar Tarlak arrested on the allegation of membership of an organisation. Ramazan Sola, Nedim Demirkıran and Mehmet Beyazit were released under judicial control.
Journalists in detention

Currently in detention (5):

İhsan Yaşar, İshak Yasul, Reyhan Hacıoğlu, Mehmet Ali Çelebi, Hicran Ürün
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