A Turkish journalist was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly “insulting” Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while another one arrested on the same day over “disseminating propaganda” on behalf of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Journalists Togay Okay from Özgür Gelecek daily and freelance reporter Ayhan Karahan were jailed by Turkish courts. With these arrests, the total number of jailed journalists in Turkey reached to 144.
However, the ongoing purge in the country is not merely confined to the journalist. About 105,000 people have been purged from state bodies, in excess of 80,000 detained and over 36,000 have been arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.