The İstanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office has indicted 18 journalists from nine newspapers, seeking up to seven-and-a-half years in prison for publishing a photo of a prosecutor held hostage at gunpoint earlier this year. The proesecutor was killed later.
The suspects of the indictment are:
Kaan Özbek &Orhan Duman (the daily Şok)
Sedat Gülmez &Cuma Ulus (the daily Milliyet)
Seçil Şengelir Güler & Mehmet Emin Öztürk (the daily Posta)
Başak Günseven & Orhan Şahin (the daily Yurt)
Gökhan Çorbacı & Temel Tanadalan (the daily Bugün)
Abbas Yalçın & Can Dündar (the daily Cumhuriyet)
Reyhan Çapan & Emine Eren Keskin (the daily Özgür Gündem)
Murat Şimşek & Mehmet Sabuncu (the daily Aydınlık)
Berkant Gültekin & İbrahim Aydın (the daily Birgün)
The first names mentioned above are the “responsible editors” of the dailies, followed by the name of their superior.
Meanwhile, Aydın Doğan and Doğan media was criticized by the pro-AKP media with allegations of defending the DHKP/C; the outlawed organization which killed the prosecutor. Doğan’s lawyers are suing the pro-AKP daily Güneş, specifically its responsible editor Mustafa Dolu for “slander.” Doğu may face up to 12 years and 6 months of jail time if found guilty.