Today’s headline of the daily Cumhuriyet was about new evidence on the claims on the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) sending arms and ammunition to Syria in disguise of humanitarian aid: “Here are the guns which Erdoğan has said did not exist.” The headline story resulted in an immediate terrorism and espionage investigation against the daily and the prosecutors also demanded a news ban about it. The prosecution also stated that the investigation will include all the media organs to use the story.
Turkish daily probed over scoop on Syria-bound intelligence trucks
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MİT TIR’ı görüntülerini yayınlayan basın kuruluşlarının tamamına ‘casusluk’ ve ‘terör’ soruşturması!
Also, Cumhuriyet Chief Editor Can Dündar, who has his byline on the story, is included to the investigation regarding the trial on the security personnel who have halted the trucks.
Can Dündar, MİT TIR’larını durduran askerlerle ilgili soruşturmaya dahil edildi
Six journalists and TV hosts were questioned over their report, columns and tweets this week.
Cumhuriyet Chief Editor Can Dündar and Özgür Mumcu gave testimony to prosecutors on Wednesday regarding investigations on “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Dündar is being investigated due to a news story in which a parliamentary candidate from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) argued Erdoğan may declare war on Syria if he would believe the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) would lose the election. Another investigation Dündar was questioned about was about a photo used in the story for the assassination of prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz. Columnist Mumcu is under investigation regarding two columns. Dündar has said the mentioned photo was not used to make propaganda of the organization which claimed the assassination while Mumcu has said he has not insulted the president but expressed his freedom of speech to inform the public.
Dündar ve Mumcu ifade verdi
Meanwhile, Mirgün Cabbas (news anchor), Banu Güven (news anchor), Pelin Batu (academician, TV host) and Koray Çalışkan (academician, former columnist, politician) are being investigated for “terroism propaganda” regarding their tweets about the prosecutor’s assassination.
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Dogan Holding, which includes Dogan Media Group, is banned from state bids. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and several high ranking members of the government have been targeting the media group for the recent weeks.
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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is going after the New York Times once more; following their solidarity statment with the daily Hürriyet and the editorial which criticized him.
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AKP’s English daily Sabah answered the NYT editorial with one of their own:
Turkish parliamentary elections, 2015
Also, it is reported today that Erdoğan has personally ordered a honorary citizenship ceremony for former NYT journalist Stephen Kinzer.
Erdoğan cancels Kinzer’s honorary citizenship over critical article
Produced by P24, directed by Tuluhan Tekelioglu, Persona non Grata tells the story of Turkey’s journalists today.
PERSONA NON GRATA English subtitle
The documentary received some criticism by journalists, including those who was interviewed for it. Basically, some journalists said the documentary is putting the fired journalists with the “media elite” (Doğan Media honorary chairman Aydın Doğan, former Habertürk Chief Editor Fatih Altaylı and former Milliyet Chief Editor Derya Sazak) in the same basket. Journalists Ahmet Şık and Tuğçe Tatari has said they were interviewed as journalists who were fired from their jobs and the “elites'” victimhood is very different from theirs. The documentary was also criticized for turning a blind eye to the troubles of the socialist and Kurdish media organs and journalists.
Dogan media and its flagship publication the daily Hürriyet has been targeted by the government by threats, criminal complaints and fines.
The AKP media has been accusing Doğan Media and its honorary chairman Aydın Doğan with a number of things for the last months. Pro-AKP columnist Cem Küçük has been among the ringleaders of this campaign:
Doğan media group lashes out at pro-gov’t daily for slander
Former Egypt leader Morsi having sentenced to death last week was reported on Hürriyet’s website with the headline: “execution for the president who was selected with 52%” and since Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was also elected with the same percentage he criticized the daily harshly; arguing that the Dogan group wants him executed. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu also joined Erdoğan in the criticism. Hürrriyet responded with the following statement:
Hürriyet’s address to the Turkish president
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Also recently, PM Davutoğlu and the AKP media has accused Hürriyet with a defemation campaign against a political party. Hürriyet Chief Editor Sedat Ergin has responded as such:
Is Hürriyet responsible for Akşener case?
Moreover, a AKP lawyer filed a criminal complaint; demanding the arrests of Hürriyet editors:
Hürriyet daily, website editors face arrest over Morsi headline
Lastly; Hürriyet was sentenced to pay Eroğan 20.000 TL on May 21 due to a column they published last year.
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