13 Jun 2016 Lvl. 1
Alert created on: 02 Apr 2015 Turkey
Investigative Journalist Mehmet Baransu Arrested
On 2 March 2015, Turkish journalist Mehmet Baransu was arrested at his home. For three weeks, he was held in custody for allegedly sharing classified information with a foreign government. Baransu is currently in jail (at Metris Cezaevi). Turkish police arrested this investigative journalist working for Taraf daily newspaper and charged him with procuring and destroying documents related to state interests. Police detained the journalist for questioning in a probe into allegations that followers of a US-based Islamic cleric and former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had formed a group of military officers convicted of plotting to overthrow the regime.
13 Jun 2016
On 9 June 2016, Faruk Söker, an Istanbul prosecutor from the office of terrorism and organized crime, submitted a 276-page indictment to the chief prosecutor naming five journalists including Baransu as suspects in an alleged conspiracy codenamed "Sledgehammer". The chief prosecutor approved the indictment, which will now be submitted to a court. Mehmet Baransu faces charges of "founding and running a terrorist organization" in connection with the case.
17 May 2016
On 17 May 2016, the Second Section of the Constitutional Court rejected the appeal of journalist Mehmet Baransu.
18 Nov 2015
On 17th November 2015, the İstanbul 10th High Criminal Court in Kartal postponed the trial of journalist Mehmet Baransu until March 2016, refusing among others to present the classified National Security Council (MGK) document he is accused of revealing. Baransu is hence to remain behind bars.
22 Oct 2015
Response of the Turkish Government (information provided by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Turkey)
Journalists in detention