Turkey Detains Editor, Staff at Opposition Newspaper
Authorities raid Cumhuriyet’s offices over allegedly promoting terrorism as crackdown continues
ISTANBUL—Turkish authorities raided the nation’s flagship opposition newspaper and detained at least 13 of its staff, including its editor in chief, for allegedly promoting terrorism, in the latest of what democracy advocates fear is a crackdown on free speech.
The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office said it ordered the predawn arrests and raids on several journalists’ homes over concerns the suspects have promoted two groups Turkey considers terror organizations: the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK; and the network of supporters following the religious teachings of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the government accuses of masterminding the failed summer coup.
Turkish police raided the country's main opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet on Monday, detaining its current editor-in-chief and more than a dozen journalists. Former editor-in-chief Can Dundar today lives in exile — The Wall Street Journal interviewed him in Germany. Photo: Getty Images
“Even though [they are] not members of the FETO and PKK terrorist organizations, [they are] committing crimes for the organization’s sake,” the Istanbul prosecutor’s office said on Monday, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Turkey’s government refers to the alleged Gulen network as FETO.( Collapse )
Turkey Rejects Europe’s ‘Red Line’ On Press Freedom After Detentions
Police detained journalists who were accused of helping precipitate the failed coup.
Turkey’s prime minister said he had no regard for Europe’s “red line” on press freedom on Tuesday and warned Ankara would not be brought to heel with threats, rejecting criticism of the detention of senior journalists at an opposition newspaper.
Police detained the editor and top staff of Cumhuriyet, a pillar of the country’s secularist establishment, on Monday, on accusations that the newspaper’s coverage had helped precipitate a failed military coup in July.
The United States and European Union both voiced concern about the move in Turkey, a NATO ally which aspires to EU membership. European Parliament President Martin Schulz wrote on Twitter that the detentions marked the crossing of ‘yet another red-line’ against freedom of expression in the country.
“Brother, we don’t care about your red line. It’s the people who draw the red line. What importance does your line have,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told members of his ruling AK Party in a speech in parliament.( Collapse )