An Ankara court, on Tuesday, ruled for continuation of the imprisonment of journalist Ayşenur Parıldak, who has been behind bars nearly 14 months.
Parıldak, a 27-year-old reporter from the now-closed Zaman daily, appeared in court on Tuesday.
Arrested on Aug. 11, 2016 at the Ankara University’s School of Law campus, where she was also studying law, Parildak faces charges of writing “subjective stories” as well as accusations for her Twitter messages.
Parildak is also accused of having used ByLock mobile phone messaging app which Turkish authorities claim to be the top communication tool among the sympathizers of the Gulen movement.
The government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies involvement.
On Tuesday, Parıldak said she has never used ByLock and demanded her release.
“I have done nothing wrong against this country. The editor in chief of the newspaper [I used to work for] is abroad. I was a low-profile worker,” she said.
The court in charge requested the records of her cellphone use as well as data traffic from the related bodies, and decided for continuation of her imprisonment. Turkey Purge has learnt that Aysenur’s mother blacked out following the decision and was hospitalised to receive IV fluids .
In October 2016, Parıldak wrote a letter to Cumhuriyet, one of the few critical dailies left in Turkey, from Silivri Prison, talking about solitary confinement and sexual harassment, which led to a ban on letters being sent from that prison.
Parıldak is also accused of being followed by an anonymous whistleblower on Twitter named Fuat Avni. The well-known user, who provided tips on corruption and unlawful government actions, was followed by over 2 million people and followed 180 people who are not being prosecuted on similar charges.
Parıldak, who started journalism as an intern at the now-closed-down liberal Taraf daily in 2011, also stands accused for this period since the prosecutor asserts that the Taraf daily worked for the interests of the Gülen movement, claimed by the government to be a terrorist organization.
Parildak were released by the court on May 2, 2017 but was later rearrested by the same court before being freed since a prosecutor objected to the initial ruling.
The Oslo-based Vigdis Freedom Foundation (VFF) awarded Parildak with its inaugural Shahnoush courage award, last month.