Fatih Tezcan, a pro-government journalist with 435,000 followers in Twitter, targeted Hasan Cücük, former Zaman daily reporter in Copenhagen, and threatened him to reveal his address for his followers in order to take the revenge of 246 people who were killed by putschists on the night of failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15.
Tezcan targeted former Zaman reporter after Cücük tweeted a list of police officers, prison guards and prisons in Turkey where he received tips of savage tortures on those who are detained over links with Gülen movement which the government accuse its inspirer Fethullah Gülen of masterminding the failed coup attempt.
“Is there none to do something to the terrorist (he means Cücük) who slanders police officers fighting against FETO,” Tezcan wrote in his Twitter account on Sunday.
FETO is a derogatory term and acronym of Fethullah Terrorist Organization, coined by President Tayyip Erdoğan and Justice and Development Party (AKP) government to refer to Gülen movement.
He also threatened Cücük to release his address in abroad and said “these lies will not save you when an army of volunteers come there to take revenge of 246 people you killed [on July 15 night].”
Meanwhile, pro-government media organizations, including state-owned Anadolu agency, shared stories about former Zaman daily Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı claiming that he was seen in a shopping mall along with his family in the US.
Responding to the stories and messages against him in Twitter, Dumanlı told that he is targeted by pro-gov’t media and people in Twitter calling him as a member of a terrorist organization.
Dumanlı wrote following tweets in response to the accusations and reports in the pro-gov’t media:
“Those calling me and any other person who is against violence as a member of terrorist organization are liars.”
“Those news about me as ‘seen here/there’ are an effort of creating treacherous perception. Of course I am not living in the space, traveling across different countries of the world.”
“Those, who pretend that there is still justice in Turkey and calling me to account [before courts], must first face their own account.”
“Those who transformed Turkey into a torture center, don’t know that their accusations [against him and other Gülen sympathizers] unrequited in the world. Who believes to the accusations you fabricated!”