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.
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.