The Editor-in-Chief of Turkish daily ‘Zaman’ Ekrem Dumanli has resigned from his post over “unlawful pressure” on him and the media in general.
Dumanli released a statement on Monday announcing that he cannot perform his job as the Editor-in-Chief of ‘Zaman’ because of the pressure recently exerted on him and the media. “I think I have been unable to sufficiently and efficiently contribute to Zaman daily where I have been serving since 2001 and that my health does not permit this either. For this reason, I resign from the post of Editor-in-Chief which I have sincerely tried to serve as well as I could,” Dumanli said.
Zaman’s management issued a statement following Dumanli’s resignation, announcing that Cihan news agency General Manager Abdulhamit Bilici has replaced Dumanli as the Editor in Chief.
Police officials raided the office of the newspaper on 14th December last year, and detained Dumanli and several other journalists, including STV network executive Hidayet Karaca, scriptwriters and producers as part of a government-initiated media crackdown.