A Hatay court has arrested Erdoğan Alayumat, a journalist affiliated with the pro-Kurdish Dihaber news website, on charges of membership in a terrorist organization.
Alayumat and Nuri Akman, one of his colleagues from the same media outlet, were detained on July 13 due to a complaint against them and kept under detention for 14 days at the Hatay Police Station. The two journalists are accused of “ membership in a terror organization”, “organizing activities on behalf of a terror organization” and “revealing government secrets.” They appeared before a court on Thursday which ruled to arrest Alayumat while Akman was released on judicial probation.
The journalists’ news stories, pictures, interviews and their phone conversations with their correspondent friends have been used by the court as the basis for the accusations.
The journalists, who were targeted by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency after being detained, were asked questions about their unpublished news stories on members of the Al-Nusra terrorist organization in Hatay.