An İstanbul court has ruled for the arrest of Cumhuriyet’s website editor Oğuz Güven over a report that appeared on the daily’s website about the recent traffic death of Denizli Chief Prosecutor Mustafa Alper in Denizli province, Cumhuriyet daily reported on Monday.
According to the report, Güven, who was taken to the Istanbul Courthouse in Çağlayan following processing at police headquarters, was referred to court after his testimony to a prosecutor.
“Nothing can be done about this state of decay,” Günay said in reaction to the ruling for his arrest before being taken to Metris Prison in İstanbul.
On Sunday, jurists expressed reactions to the “unlawful detention” of Oğuz, calling for the immediate release of the journalist.
The European Union on Saturday reacted to the detention of Güven, calling on Turkey to respect the highest democratic standards and practices.
Güven was detained early Friday due to a report that appeared on the newspaper’s website about the recent traffic death of a public prosecutor in the western province of Denizli.
“I am being taken into custody,” Güven tweeted on Friday without elaborating on the charges directed against him.
It later emerged that Güven’s detention was related to a report about the death of Denizli Chief Public Prosecutor Alper in a traffic accident on Wednesday. Güven is accused of disseminating the propaganda of a terrorist organization.
According to Turkish media reports, detention warrants were also issued for 32 readers who left comments under the relevant story.
Cumhuriyet’s Editor-in-Chief Murat Sabuncu was in early November arrested along with eight other Cumhuriyet columnists and executives for allegedly committing crimes on behalf of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15.