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.
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
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
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.
Veteran journalist Hasan Cemal has a second investigation started against him for “insulting” president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with a column. He gave testimony to the prosecutors about it today. The first investigation has started earlier this month.
Hasan Cemal: Sonunda daima demokrasi ve gazetecilik kazanır, bu dünya despotlara kalmaz
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.
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
Tivibu, a Turkish app to watch TV on computers and mobile devices, discontinued featuring Bugün TV, Samanyolu Haber and Mehtap TV; three pro-Hizmet TV channels.
Tivibu and censorship
Cemaat’e yakın üç kanal Tivibu’dan çıkarılıyor
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
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
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
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