Evrensel daily correspondent Cemil Uğur has been arrested on charges of membership to illegal organization and making propaganda on behalf of it.
Halil İbrahim Polat and Cemil Uğur, both Mersin-based reporters for Evrensel daily, were detained on August 23, and the released on probation after being held in detention for 16 days.
When Uğur went to Mersin police station to get permission to leave the province, he was told that there was an arrest warrant issued for him. Uğur was arrested on October 6.
In a statement on Friday, Evrensel daily Editor-in-Chief Fatih Polat said there is a confidentiality order on the file and that the attorneys will object to the decision.
“Those who got our friend arrested by inventing a crime for reporting of an incident which they don’t like, should know that Evrensel is not and will never be a newspaper that will take it slow when its correspondent is arrested.
“We will monitor this process to the end and get our friend out of there not before too late. People’s right to information and freedom of the press will prevail!”
Uğur’s arrest has brought the number of imprisoned journalists up to 126, according to P24 journalism platform. Turkey has already shut down 180 media outlets since the July 15 coup attempt.