When a 15-year-old boy finally got to see his imprisoned journalist father again, cameras were rolling, and so were the tears. Five months ago, his father Gökmen Ulu, a reporter for Turkey’s Sözcü daily, was put in pre-trial detention. After all their time apart, the father was released on pending trial on Wednesday,
The reunion between the father and son was captured on camera and the result is, well, pretty darn emotional.
Ulu was arrested and put in pre-trial detention in May after the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants over alleged links to the Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15.
Ulu was detained in İzmir’s Karşıyaka district after his home was searched by police. Speaking to reporters, Ulu said he was taken into custody over a news report detailing where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was vacationing before the coup attempt on July 15. Underlining that the holiday venues of political leaders are always newsworthy all over the world, Ulu said he also went to Erdoğan’s hotel during the coup attempt to cover his statement.
Along with Ulu, Sözcü owner Burak Akbay, executives Melda Olgun and Yonca Kaleli are accused of spreading propaganda on behalf of the Gülen group.
An İstanbul court released Ulu on pending trial on Wednesday, however; Turkey still keeps some 200 media workers behind bars.