An Istanbul court on Wednesday sent another Turkish journalist to prison on terror charges.
Ece Sevim Öztürk, an İstanbul-based Turkish journalist known for her investigative reporting on a coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016, was sent to prison after spending 13 days in police custody.
She was reportedly jailed for “aiding the Gülen group,” which is accused by the government of masterminding the failed attempt.
Öztürk, who is the editor-in-chief of the Çağdaşses news website, was initially detained by İstanbul police on June 8 on allegations of spreading “terrorist propaganda,” a reference to her recent reporting, including a documentary on the coup.
According to state of emergency measures, police can keep a “terror suspect” in custody for seven days, which was reduced from the previous 30 days by a government decree in 2017.
Öztürk’s reporting on the coup attracted much attention on social media and was quoted by several news outlets in Turkey.
Critics of Öztürk claimed her news bites have been “acquitting” the Gülen group, which was accused of masterminding the coup attempt by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and nationalists.