JOURNALISTS BEHIND BARS IN TURKEY

Journalism in Jail

As of Dec 31, 2016, 144 reporters, editors and columnists are under arrest.

Below you will find the photos and bios of some of the colleagues under arrest and the full list released by PEN International on Nov 18.

Nazlı Ilıcak

Nazlı Ilıcak

Columnist, Ozgur Dusunce

Nazlı Ilıcak (born in 1944) is a prominent Turkish columnist and writer. She served as a deputy from 1999 to 2001 with the Virtue Partyan Islamist political party established in Turkey in 1998. Ilıcak lost her seat when the party was banned in 2001.

Ilıcak initially entered the field of journalism in 1972 when she started working in various positions at the Tercüman daily. She later became publisher of the Bulvar daily. Since the early 1990s she has written columns for the following newspapers: Meydan, Hürriyet, Akşam, Yeni Şafak, Takvim, Sabah and Bugün.

 Ilıcak was arrested on July 29 for her alleged involvement in the July 15 coup attempt.

Mumtaz'er Turkone

Mumtaz'er Turkone

Columnist, Zaman

Professor Mümtaz’er Türköne, (born in 1956), is a political scientist, columnist and author.

He worked as a faculty member at Turkey’s Gazi University from 1993 to 2007 and then transferred to the İstanbul-based Fatih University, which was closed by the Turkish government in the course of the 2016 purge in Turkey.

Türköne served as one of the closest advisors to Tansu Çiller, the 30th prime minister of Turkey, from 1993 to 1996.

He had been writing columns for the Zaman daily since the early 1990s and its English-language sister newspaper, Today’s Zaman, since 2010.

Professor Türköne was arrested on July 27 for his alleged involvement in the July 15 coup attempt.

Emre Soncan

Emre Soncan

Former Reporter, Zaman

Emre Soncan (born in 1982) is a Turkish journalist. He had worked as court reporter for Zaman daily.

Soncan covered former Turkish president Abdullah Gül for years, authored a book about his term in office. Erdal is a graduate of Bahçeşehir University, Faculty of Communication

and author of three books entitled “Son Akıncı Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu’nun Sır Ölümü,” “Arafta 7 Yıl,” “Keş Dağında Bir Alperen.”

Hours before he was arrested, he tweeted: “Police raided my house this morning. A detention warrant issued for me. I am in Bursa and now heading to nearest police station.”

Journalist Soncan was arrested on July 25 over her alleged involvement in July 15 coup attempt. 

Ufuk Sanli

Ufuk Sanli

Columnist, Al-Monitor

“His Al Monitor columns shed light on Turkey’s economy. An avid reader, excellent reporter. ARRESTED.”

Hasim Soylemez

Hasim Soylemez

Reporter, Aksyion

 “A general assignment investigative reporter who wrote about almost anything.

ARRESTED.”

Bayram Kaya

Bayram Kaya

Reporter, Zaman

“Made his career by digging into Turkey’s economic life. Now under arrest for excellent court reporting. ARRESTED”

Mehmet Gundem

Mehmet Gundem

Columnist, Milliyet

“Hardly anyone could get away when he asked questions. An interview geek. ARRESTED”

Büşra Erdal

Büşra Erdal

Court Reporter, Zaman

Büşra Erdal (born in 1980) is a Turkish journalist. She worked as a court reporter for the Zaman and Yeni Hayat dailies, both of which were closed down under a state of emergency decree issued by the Turkish government after the coup attempt.

Erdal is a graduate of İstanbul University’s Faculty of Law and author of a book titled “Kafası Karışanlar için Ergenekon” (Ergenekon for those who are confused).

Four days before her arrest, she tweeted: “I’m a journalist, I’ve no ties to illegal organizations.”

Journalist Erdal was arrested on July 29 over her alleged involvement in the July 15 coup attempt.

Ahmet Turan Alkan

Ahmet Turan Alkan

Columnist, Zaman

Ahmet Turan Alkan (born in 1954) is a political columnist, novelist and author. Alkan graduated from Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Science in 1977 and completed his Ph.D. at Cumhuriyet University in 1981.

He released his first-ever column in 1974 at Anadolu Gazetesi, a local weekly published in Sivas province during the 1970s. In 1976 he began to work as an editor and columnist for the Fedai magazine.

Alkan had been writing columns for the Zaman daily since 1989 and has authored a total of eight books.

Alkan was arrested on July 27 for his alleged involvement in the July 15 coup attempt.

Aslı Erdoğan

Aslı Erdoğan

Author, Columnist

Aslı Erdoğan (born in 1967) is a prize-winning Turkish author, columnist for Özgür Gündem, an Istanbul-based daily that is mainly read by those of Kurdish origin. 

Erdoğan graduated from Robert College in 1983 and the Computer Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University in 1988. She began research for a PhD in physics in Rio de Janeiro in 1993 and returned to Turkey to become a full-time writer in 1996.

Between 1998 – 2000, she served as the Turkish representative of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee.

Author Erdoğan was arrested on 17 Aug 2016 for being a member of the advisory board of Özgür Gündem newspaper.

Cemal Kalyoncu

Cemal Kalyoncu

Reporter, Aksiyon

“He knew nothing in his life besides reporting and editing. Arrested because he did not bow to power. ARRESTED.”

Erkan Acar

Erkan Acar

Editor, Ozgur Dusunce

“A talented journalist, unwavering editor. Published a series of court investigations. Now paying the price. ARRESTED.”

Ali Akkus

Ali Akkus

Chief Editor, Zaman

“If Turkey has few excellent newsroom editors, he is among the top. Publisher of graft cases. Arrested. ARRESTED.”

Cihan Acar

Cihan Acar

Reporter, Bugun

“Colleagues called him “cemetery Cihan” for exceptional coverage of funerals, from Kurds to celebrities. ARRESTED.”

Sahin Alpay

Sahin Alpay

Columnist, Today's Zaman

Şahin Alpay (born in 1944) is a political scientist, columnist and author. Alpay graduated from the Ankara University Faculty of Political Science in 1967 and completed his Ph.D. at Stockholm University in 1981.

He returned to Turkey in 1982 and began to work as an editor and columnist at the Cumhuriyet daily. He also worked for daily Sabah between 1993-94 and Milliyet 1994-2001.

What brought Alpay to the forefront were the distinctive columns he had written for the Zaman and Today’s Zaman dailies for more than 15 years.

Alpay was arrested on July 27 over his alleged involvement in the July 15 coup attempt. 

Ali Bulac

Ali Bulac

Columnist, Zaman

Ali Bulaç (born in 1951) is a prolific scholar, sociologist and writer, authoring more than 20 books on sociology, Islam, Qur’anic commentary, democracy, modernism, postmodernism and contemporary Turkish and Middle Eastern politics.

Bulaç is also a prominent columnist writing extensively on political, socio-cultural and historic issues. Bulaç had been writing columns for the Zaman daily since the early 1990s and its English-language sister newspaper, Today’s Zaman, since 2010. His latest book, “Turkey’s Democracy Saga,” was released in June 2015.

Bulaç was arrested on July 27 over his alleged involvement in the July 15 coup attempt.

Gökçe Fırat

Gökçe Fırat

Leftist intellectual, Journalist

Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu (born in 1974) is a Turkish author, journalist and the chairman of National Party. He is the Head-Columnist of Turkish Left, an İstanbul-based weekly nationalist, socialist magazine.

Çulhaoğlu is a graduate of Marmara University, faculty of economics and administrative sciences department of business administration, and author of 22 books.

 On 31 May 2015, Çulhaoğlu was arrested and sent to prison with the accusation of “insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan”and released after 18 days of imprisonment.

On September 3, 2016, he was arrested, this time, over his alleged involvement in the July 15 coup attempt.

 

Yakup Cetin

Yakup Cetin

Reporter, Zaman

“We know his face because he was live on TV when a story broke out. As every great reporter, ARRESTED.”

Bunyamin Koseli

Bunyamin Koseli

Reporter, Aksiyon

“An excellent mind, great investigative reporter. Jailed for doing his job. ARRESTED”

Abdullah Kilic

Abdullah Kilic

Former News Coordinator, Haberturk TV

“Supreme irony that he made headlines for investigating 1960 military coup. Arrested on coup charges. ARRESTED.”

Ahmet Memis

Ahmet Memis

New Editor, Haberdar

“Guru of digital journalism. Give him a news portal and see its rating hit the roof. A critic. ARRESTED.”

Full List of Jailed Journalists since July 15, 2016

145 journalists in custody and facing trial
114 charged following the coup attempt

Abdullah Kılıç, Meydan Gazetesi columnist, Under arrest
Abdullah Özyurt, Zaman reporter, Under arrest
Ahmet Turan Alkan, Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Ahmet Altan, Former Editor-in-chief of Taraf Daily, Under arrest
Ahmet Yavaş, TRT (Erzurum), Under arrest
Ahmet Memiş, Haberdar, Under Arrest
Ahmet Metin Sekizkardeş, Cihan Medya President, Under arrest
Akın Atalay, Chair of Cumhuriyet Foundation, Under arrest
Alaattin Güner, Former Cihan Medya Director, Under arrest
Ali Akkuş, Former Zaman General Publications Editor, Under arrest
Ali Aşikar, Azadiya Welat reporter, Under arrest
Ali Bulaç ,Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Ali Ünal, Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Arap Turan, Azadiya Welat, Under arrest
Atilla Taş, Meydan columnist, Under arrest
Ayşe Nazlı Ilıcak, Yarına Bakış columnist, Under arrest
Ayhan Karahan, Bodrumca columnist, Under arrest
Aytekin Gezici, Under arrest
Ayşenur Parıldak, former Zaman correspondent, Under arrest
Aziz İstegün, former Zaman Diyarbakır representative, Under arrest
Bayram Kaya, Zaman, Yeni Hayat reporter, Under arrest
Bayram Parlak,Radyo Cihan (Diyarbakır), Under arrest
Bertan Golali, TRT İstanbul, Under arrest
Bünyamin Köseli, Former Aksiyon reporter, Under arrest
Bülent Utku, Cumhuriyet Daily Board Member, Under arrest
Bilal Gündem, DİHA reporter, Under arrest
Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, author, Under arrest
Cemil Uğur, Evrensel reporter, Under Arrest
Cihan Acar, Former Bugün reporter, Under arrest
Cihat Ünal, Antalya Zaman Reporter, Under arrest
Cuma Kaya, Zaman writer, Under arrest
Cuma Ulus, Former Publications Coordinator for Millet daily, Under arrest
Cumali Önal, former Zaman editor-in-charge of Arabic publications, Under arrest
Eda Şanlı, Owner and columnist of Bizim Antalya, Under arrest
Emre Soncan, Former Zaman Defense Reporter, Under arrest
Ercan Gün, Fox TV News Editor, Under arrest
Erdem Mühirci, DİHA reporter, Under arrest
Erdal Şen, Meydan Editor, Under arrest
Erkan Büyük, Haberdar, Under arrest
Faruk Akkan, Cihan Ajansı, Under arrest
Fevzi Yazıcı, Zaman Visual Director (formerly), Under arrest
Ferit Toprak, Azadiya Welat, Under arrest
Gültekin Avcı, Bugün, Under arrest
Güray Öz, Cumhuriyet Daily Columnist, Board member, Under arrest
Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, Türk Solu Columnist, Under arrest
Habip Güler, Former Zaman reporter, Under arrest
Hakan Taşdelen, Under arrest
Hakan Kara, Cumhuriyet Daily Board member, Under arrest
Halil İbrahim Mert, TRT (Erzurum), Under arrest
Hanım Büşra Erdal, Former Zaman reporter and columnist, Under arrest
Haşim Söylemez, Former Aksiyon Magazine columnist, Under arrest
Hüseyin Aydın, Cihan reporter, Under arrest
Hülya Karakaya – Özgür Halk Managing Editor, Under arrest
İbrahim Balta, Former Zaman Business Editor, Under arrest
İbrahim Karayeğen, Former Zaman newsroom editor, Under arrest
İdris Sayılgan, DİHA reporter, Under arrest
İlker İlkan, Azadiya Welat, Under arrest
Inan Kızılkaya, Özgür Gündem Managing editor, Under arrest
İsa Siyi, Haberdar, Under Arrest
Kadri Gürsel, Cumhuriyet Daily Columnist, Advisor, Under arrest
Kenan Baş, Antalya Zaman reporter, Under arrest
Lokman Erdoğan, Çorum Manşet (local newspaper), Under arrest
Mehmet Altan, Author, Economist, Under arrest
Mehmet Anıl, ETHA reporter, Under arrest
Mehmet Dener, Şanlıurfa.com, executive director
Mehmet Kuru, former Zaman Eskişehir reporter,Under arrest
Mehmet Özdemir, Zaman writer, Under arrest
Metin Bekiroğlu, DİHA, Under arrest
Mizgin Çay, Radyo Karacadağ, Under arrest
Muhammet Taşçılar, şanlıurfa.com editor, Under arrest
Murat Avcıoğlu, Author Under arrest
Murat Aksoy, Yarına Bakış Columnist, Under arrest
Murat Öztürk, Çorum Manşet, Under arrest
Murat Sabuncu,Cumhuriyet Daily Editor-in-chief, Under arrest
Musa Kart, Cumhuriyet Daily Cartoonist, Board member, Under arrest
Mustafa Erkan Acar, Cihan News Agency, Under arrest
Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Cumhuriyet Daily Board member, Under arrest
Mustafa Ünal, Zaman Daily columnist, Under arrest
Mutlu Çölgeçen, Millet newsroom coordinator, Under arrest
Mümtaz’er Türköne, Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Nuri Durna, TRT (Ezurum), Under arrest
Nurullah Kaya, former Zaman Gaziantep representative, Under arrest
Nizamettin Yılmaz – Azadiya Welat, Under arrest
Olgun Matur, Local Antalya journalist, Under arrest
Osman Yakut, Former Zaman Antalya reporter, Under arrest
Özkan Mayda, Antalya Zaman reporter, Under arrest
Önder Çelik, Cumhuriyet Daily Board member, Under arrest
Sabahattin Koyuncu, DİHA, Under arrest
Sadık Demir, Radyo Karacadağ, Under arrest
Salih Erbekler, Radyo Karacadağ, Under arrest
Seyid Kılıç, Former TRT reporter, Under arrest
Şahin Alpay, Former Zaman columnist, Under arrest
Şirin Çoban, Azadiya Welat, Under Arrest
Şeref Yılmaz, Irmak TV, Under arrest
Togay Okay, Ozgur Gelecek reporter, Under arrest
Tuncer Çetinkaya, Zaman Antalya, Under arrest
Turhan Günay, Cumhuriyet Daily Literature Supplement Editor-in-cheif, Under arrest
Rabia Özkaya, Özgür Halk, Under arrest
Rasul Cengiz, former Zaman Denizli reporter, Under arrest
Ramazan Alkan, Yeni Akit reporter, Under arrest
Rıfat Söylemez, Adana Günaydın (local newspaper), Under arrest
Ufuk Şanlı, Former Vatan columnist, Under arrest
Vedat Demir, Former Yarına Bakış columnist, Under arrest
Vahit Yazgan, former Zaman İzmir representative, Under arrest
Yakup Çetin, Former Zaman reporter, Under arrest
Yalçın Güler, TRT (Erzurum), Under arrest
Yener Dönmez, Habervaktim news website, Under arrest
Yetkin Yıldız, aktif haber news website, Under arrest
Zafer Özsoy, Under arrest
Zeynel Abidin Bulut – Azadiya Welat, Under arrest
Zehra Doğan, JİNHA, Under arrest


31 journalists currently in custody who were charged before the coup attempt

Abdülkadir Turay, DİHA reporter, Under arrest
Ali Konar, Azadiya Welat bureau chief, Under arrest
Arafat Dayan, former editor at Demokratik Ulus Newspaper, Under arrest
Cebrail Parıltı, Anadolu News Agency, Under arrest
Erdal Süsem, Editor of Eylül magazine, Under arrest
Erol Zavar, Editor in Odak Magazine, Under arrest
Emin Demir, Freelance reporter, Under arrest
Ethem Çağır, Özgür Gündem columnist, Under Arrest
Feyyaz Imrak, DİHA reporter, Under Arrest
Ferhat Çiftçi, Azadiya Welat, Gaziantep bureau chief, under arrest
Gurbet Çakar, Hevi Woman’s Magazine, Under arrest
Hamit Dilbahar, Azadiya Welat, Columnist, Under arrest
Hatice Duman, Atılım Daily former editor, Under arrest
Hidayet Karaca, Samanyolu TV, Under arrest
Kamuran Sunbat, DİHA, former Çukurova correspondent, Under arrest
Kenan Karavil, Radyo Dünya Editor-in-chief, Under arrest
Mazlum Dogan, DİHA, reporter, Under arrest
Mehmet Baransu, Taraf columnist, Under arrest
Mikail Barut, Özgür Halk Magazine former editor, Under arrest
Miktat Algül Mezitli FM editor-in-chief, Under arrest
Muhammed Doğru, DİHA reporter, Under arrest
Mustafa Gök, Ekmek ve Adalet Magazine, Ankara correspondent, Under arrest
Nedim Türfent, DİHA reporter, Under arrest
Nuri Yeşil, Azadiya Welat Dersim correspondent, Under arrest
Sami Tunca, Mücadele Birliği Magazine Managing Editor, Under arrest
Serkan Aydemir, Bitlis Aktüel Correspondent, Under arrest,
Seyithan Akyüz, Azadiya Welat Adana Correspondent, Under arrest
Şahabettin Demir, DİHA Van correspondent, Under arrest
Yılmaz Kahraman, Özgür Halk magazine, editor, Under arrest
Ziya Ataman, DİHA Van Correspondent, Under Arrest
Şermin Soydan, DİHA reporter, Under arrest

Sources:
Platfom24, http://platform24.org/medya-izleme/1702/olaganustu-h-l-de-gazeteciler—16

Pen International, http://turkeypurge.com/pen-international-releases-full-list-of-journalists-in-turkish-prisons

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