The headquarters of the Ordu-based TV 52 was red-tagged over problems with the safety standards on March 12.

City police from Ordu’s central district of Altinordu raided the TV 52 and red-tagged its office on the grounds that the channel failed to meet zoning and fire safety requirements at the building’s top two floors within a given period.

The reason behind the move has nothing to do with the safety requirements, the chairman Isa Akcay said, the channel’s broadcasts on corruption in municipal tenders and construction permits.

“TV 52 has been around for 25 years. However, some people got disturbed after the channel, in accordance with the peoples’ right to know, reported on corruption at tenders and zoning [relations] of the Ordu Metropolitan Municipality. We have just witnessed also in Ordu an example of the pressure, intimidation and jailing, which have become normal for journalists during AKP tenure. The purpose is not auditing but to silence TV 52,” main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) deputy Atilla Sertel has said in a written statement.

Mayors of both Ordu Metropolitan Municipality and Altinordu Municipality were elected on the tickets of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

AKP government has proven to be the leading jailer of journalists across the world. Apart from incarcerations, more than 180 media outlets have been closed in the past 20 months.