The father of Turan Görüryılmaz, a journalist and a former host the for now-closed Bugün TV, has passed away while his son failed to show up in funerals, fearing persecution at the hands of Turkish government, which has proved to be the biggest jailer of journalists across the world.
Görüryılmaz has been living in exile since the government issued an arrest warrant for him as part of its post-coup crackdown on July 25, 2016. The government earlier seized and shut down Bugün TV over its ties to the Gülen movement, which the top state officials pinned the blame on for July 15 coup attempt.
“My father passed away. He worked hard for me. It is too painful to not being able to attend his funeral. May he rest in peace,” Görüryılmaz tweeted on Friday.
Said Sefa, a columnist and the editor-in chief of Haberdar news portal also said in his Friday column that his father has recently passed away but that he was not able to attend the funeral.
“If something happens to me, do not even dare to come for funeral and do not let them arrest you,” his father told Sefa prior to his death.
Haberdar is one of the few critical media outlets left in Turkey, which was shut down under post-coup emergency rule but reopened defying government pressure later on.
The Contemporary Journalists Association (ÇGD) said this week that Turkey currently keeps 142 journalists under arrest. Meanwhile, several other journalists are also under detention.