War of words between targeted media boss and president

Aydın Doğan, the founder and honorary chairman of Doğan Holding, has stated in an open letter addressing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that he never claimed the media can replace governments.

Aydın Doğan addresses President Erdoğan in letter

Erdoğan responded as below:

Erdoğan accuses media mogul Doğan of robbing country

‘Tarafsız cumhurbaşkanı’ndan HDP’ye: 1 Kasım’da milletim size prim vermeyecek

Meanwhile, AKP deputy Mehmet Metiner has said Doğan has no right to call the president a liar and they would know “to tear the teeth and nails off” the media mogul if necessary.

Kim tutar Metiner’i: Aydın Doğan’ın tırnaklarını da dişlerini de sökmesini biliriz

Meanwhile, it was reported by the pro-government daily Star today that the media organs and their social media accounts of Doğan Media are to be put under investigation to determine whether if there is systematic terrorism propaganda or not.

Star’ın haberi: Doğan Grubu yayınları ve sosyal medya hesaplarına ‘terör’ incelemesi

Eight trials to bring ten journalists to court on October

The Journalist’s Union of Turkey reported that at least 10 journalists will be at court on October due to 8 trials.

October 1 – Vural Nasuhbeyoğlu ve Arif Koşar (Evrensel) Insulting the President

October 6 – Sedef Kabaş Threats, Making targets of people who combat terrorism

October 8 – Özgür Mumcu (Cumhuriyet) Insulting the President

October 12 – Ceyda Karan and Hikmet Çetinkaya (Cumhuriyet) Blasphemy (Charlie Hebdo)

October 13 – Ahmet Şık (Cumhuriyet) Insulting former Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım (in his last book about Hizmet-AKP relations when they were allies)

October 20 – Barış Pehlivan (Odatv) Insulting the President

October 20 – Ender İmrek (Evrensel) Insulting the President

October 22 – Barış İnce (Birgün) Insulting the President

Gazeteciler Ekim ayında adliye yolunda

Court blocks news website’s twitter account

Dokuz8Haber, an independent journalism platform founded through efforts of both professional and citizen journalists, had its twitter account blocked to access from Turkey due to an order by the Ankara Gölbaşı Public Court of Peace; famous for nearly all of the online news censorship orders in recent years.

Dokuz8Haber tweeted about the situation today and pointed that their account is blocked as a whole while similar attempts of censorship currently generally target a specific content.

Kurdish newsrooms raided, journalists detained in Diyarbakır

Turkish police raided Diyarbakır offices of Kurdish news organs and association Monday evening; detained dozens according to reports. “Turkish police raided offices of DİHA, Azadiya Welat, Aram Publishing and KURDİ-DER in the main Kurdish city of Diyarbakır, and took 32 reporters, journalists and laborers of the media foundations into custody” DİHA reported.

The authoroties used the excuse of some terrorism suspects allegedly hiding in the building after an attack to Turkish security forces. The building’s doors and windows were broken, staff of the media organs and the association were held at gunpoint and battered according to reports. The police could not find the suspects they were allegedly looking for.

The police provided a search warrant signed by a prosecutor issued 10 minutes before the mentioned attack occurred. This raised suspicions that what the police doing was an operation of intimidation rather than actually searching for suspects.

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A total of 32 people were detained and they were released on the early hours of Tuesday after questioning. Some sources say 1 of the 32 reamisns in custody.

Police raid DİHA: 32 taken into custody

Detained Journalists Released in Diyarbakır

Ironically, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was speaking about press freedom at The UN simultaneously with the police raid. There was “no limit for” and “no restrictions against” journalism in Turkey; according to the PM.

Davutoğlu’nun basın özgürlüğünü savunduğu anlarda Kürt gazeteciler gözaltındaydı

Nokta receives more threats, asks for protection

The weekly Nokta asked for police protection following the developments of their Recep Tayyip Erdoğan cover which had the issue banned, an editor detained and their offices raided.

President Erdoğan has spoken on live TV and said Nokta will “pay the price” for that cover.

It is reported that the magazine is receiving constant threats and made an official request for police protection.

Erdoğan kapağının ardından basılan NOKTA, tehditler artınca koruma istedi

More journalists accused of ‘insulting’ Erdoğan

Bianet reported that five journalists from the daily Evrensel joined the long list of colleagues who “insulted” president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

According to Bianet, responsible editor Vural Nasuhbeyoğlu and owner Mehmet Akif Koşar have a trial started against them for insulting the president. The first hearing is on October 1.

Meanwhile, columnists İhsan Çaralan, Mustafa Köz and Erol Aral are under investigation by the authoroties for the suspicion of insulting Erdoğan by their columns.

According to the Bianet count, at least 19 journalists have dealt with judiciary action for “insulting” Erdoğan in September only. The Bianet list: “Ekrem Dumanlı (Zaman),Ertuğrul Özkök (Hürriyet), Yavuz Baydar (Bugün), Tayfun Talipoğlu(Yurt), Onur Erem (BirGün), Murat Çapan (Nokta), Hasan Cemal (T24),Aytekin Gezici (Twitter),  Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu (Türk Solu), Atilla Taş(Meydan), Gülizar Baki (Meydan), Levent Kenez (Meydan), Ahmet Altan(2), Vural Nasuhbeyoğlu (Evrensel), Mehmet Akif Koşar (Evrensel),İhsan Çaralan (2) (Evrensel), Erol Aral (Evrensel) & Mustafa Köz(Evrensel)”

Gazetecilere Her Gün “Erdoğan” İşlemi

Police report for arrested columnist accuses more journalists

The daily Bugün reported that the police report regarding the recent arrest of their columnist Gültekin Avcı points fingers to other journalists as well. Bugün reported:

“Avcı’s arrest over the Tawhid-Salam case also opens the door for the persecution of the many other veteran journalists featured in the case file. The Tawhid-Salam investigation file contains not just Gültekin Avcı’s articles, but reports and interviews by the likes of the Washington Post’s David Ignatius, Cumhuriyet daily Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar and journalist Amberin Zaman, as well as statements by politicians such as Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Sezgin Tanrıkulu.”

Arrest of Bugün columnist Avcı paves way for arrest of other press veterans

No end for ‘insulting Erdoğan’ investigations

Cafer Solgun, columnist for the daily Meydan, happened to be the latest journalist to be criminally investigated for “insulting” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by his work. However, the related column belongs to somebody else and Solgun’s name was printed on it by mistake. The daily reported that they have corrected this mistake and apologized to their readers on both print and online but apparently the prosecutor did not see the correction.

Cafer Solgun’a yazmadığı yazıdan Cumhurbaşkanına hakaretten soruşturma

Ahmet Altan is subjected to the second investigation for “insulting” Erdoğan in two days. “A day after an investigation was launched against journalist and writer Ahmet Altan over his supposedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the Samanyolu news channel, a second investigation has now been launched on the same grounds over an interview he gave a website” Bugün reported.

Second investigation launched against journalist Ahmet Altan in two days