Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to 3 years in jail for Canan Coşkun, a reporter from Turkey’s Cumhuriyet daily, over a report on the arrest of lawyers of purge-victim educators Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça.
Coşkun is accused of “jeopardizing criminal investigation” and “exposing identity of secret witness” in the report.
Gülmen and Özakça were arrested on terror charges on May 23, 2017 in Ankara. Özakça was released on probation on Oct. 20, 2017, while Gülmen continued to be held in custody in Numune Hospital’s high security intensive care unit. She was released on Dec. 1.
Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15, 2016 through government decrees issued as part of an ongoing state of emergency, part of a widespread investigation into the members of the Gülen group, accused by the government of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016.
The commission was established by a decree-law issued on Jan. 23 to allow civil servants to appeal legal action taken against them under the state of emergency and accepts complaints regarding dismissal from the civil service, jobs or organizations; dismissal from university and the loss of student status; the closure of associations, organizations, unions, federations, confederations, private health institutions, private education institutions, private institutions of higher education, private radio and TV organizations, newspapers and magazines, news agencies, publication houses and distribution channels; and the loss of retiree ranking.
Gülmen was fired from Konya Selçuk University, and Özakça was a teacher at a primary school in Turkey’s eastern province of Mardin before he was purged over ties to a “terrorist” organization.