Nine journalists working for one of Turkey’s oldest and most respected newspapers ‘Cumhuriyet’, who who had been detained by police, have formally been arrested today.
Those arrested were Murat Sabuncu, the daily’s editor in chief, IPI Board Member Kadri Gürsel, caricature artist Musa Kart, and Cumhuriyet Foundation board members Güraz Tekin Öz, Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Turhan Günay, Hakan Kara, Önder Çelik and Bülent Utku.
Columnists Hikmet Çetinkaya and Aydın Engin were released on probation and were banned from traveling abroad.
On Monday, ‘Cumhuriyet’ executives and journalists of Cumhuriyet were detained in a series of raids on their homes, after prosecutors launched an investigation against them on charges of “terrorism”.
The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office said the operation was based on accusations that the suspects were “committing crimes on behalf of the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).”