Two socialist leaning media outlets were shut down under a new Cabinet decree issued on April 29.

The İpekyolu newspaper based in Van province and the Yürüyüş magazine were shut down under State of Emergency Decree no: 689. Eighteen foundations, 14 associations and 13 health centers were shut down under the same decree, while dozens of academics and bureaucrats were expelled from various public agencies.

The decree also banned Turkey’s reality dating shows, which had been the staple of Turkish day-time TV since the early 2000’s.

Court cases against journalists

The second hearing of a trial in which 29 people, mostly journalists, face up to 15 years in jail on charges of “terrorist group membership” was held on April 27, Thursday at Istanbul’s Çağlayan Courthouse.

All three judges of the Istanbul 25th High Criminal Court and the prosecutor of the case were suspended after the court decided to release 21 of the 26 suspects under detention at the end of the first hearing held on March 27-31. All of the 21 suspects were rearrested before they left the prison compound late at night on March 31, as 12 suspects whose release was sought by the prosecutor were arrested as part of a new investigation – this time on coup charges – and eight others were detained upon a successful appeal from the prosecutor against their release.

Only witnesses and a very small number of journalists were allowed into the courtroom, while families, other members of the media and observers were not let in.

The new judges of the case decided at the end of Thursday’s hearing that all of the suspects who are under detention will remain so. The court also agreed to request a medical examination of detained suspect Davut Aydın, who suffers from scoliosis, to decide whether he should be released on health grounds.

The next hearing of the case will be held on July 6.

Suspects in the case include former columnists and journalists of several media outlets such as shuttered Zaman, Bugün and Meydan newspapers, Habertürk TV and Rota Haber website. The diverse group includes journalist and columnist Murat Aksoy, ex-singer and columnist for Meydan Atilla Taş, Türk Solu journal columnist Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu and former Zaman court reporter Hanım Büşra Erdal.

P24 updates list of imprisoned journalists

With the addition of more people, mostly former employees of the state-owned Turkish Radio and Television Network (TRT) — whose status was previously unknown to P24, the full number of journalists in prison has risen to 163.

The names of those recently added are Abdulvahap İş (Freelance journalist), Ali Ahmet Böken (TRT News coordinator), Ali Yüce (TRT Radio broadcasts chief),  Beytullah Özdemir (Zaman Düzce bureau chief),  Erol Yüksel (TRT News Department vice president), Fatma Ölmez (Radyo Ses employees) Hamza Günerigök (TRT anchor), Murat Dağdeviren (Demokrat Gebze owner), Nizamettin İzgi (Batman Newspaper’s owner) and Özcan Keser (TRT reporter). The full list of journalists in prison can be viewed here.

DİHA journalist appears before court

Sebahattin Koyuncu, a reporter for the shuttered Dicle News Agency (DİHA) attended the first session of his trial being heard by the Şırnak High Criminal Court via video-confeerncing. The trial was adjourned until Oct. 3. Earlier, Koyuncu spent four months under arrest. He is accused of “membership in an armed terrorist organization.”

Zaman indictment accepted

On April 26, the 25th High Criminal Court accepted an indictment against 30 people, including former columnists and executives of Zaman newspaper that was closed down by an emergency decree in last July.

According to a court document dated April 24 and reviewed by P24, 21 of the 30 suspects who are currently held in pre-trial detention will remain behind bars. They include former well-known columnists of Zaman such as Şahin Alpay, Mümtazer Türköne and Ahmet Turan Alkan. The court also said the first hearing of the trial will be held on September 18-19 at a courthouse within the Silivri prison compund.

The indictment, prepared by prosecutor İsmet Bozkurt, seeks three aggravated life sentences on charges stemming from the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016 and an additional prison term of 15 years for “terrorist group membership” for each suspect.

Sendika.org editor released

Ali Ergin Demirhan, an editor of the sendika.org news website who was detained following an early morning police raid of the website’s headquarters on April 20, was released on April 25.

Demirhan was released together with eight other people after their statements were taken by police officials and without appearing before a prosecutor. Demirhan was detained for “inciting the public to hatred and enmity by attempting to presenting the result of April 16 referendum as illegitimate.”

Italian journalist deported

On April 24, authorities confirmed that Italian journalist Gabriele Del Grande, who had been detained in the southern province of Hatay on April 9, had been deported.

“I spoke to him just now and he’s on his way back to Italy. I had the great joy of telling his family. We are waiting for him,” Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said.

Del Grande, who was being held in a repatriation center in the western province of Muğla, began a hunger strike on April 18 complaining he had no access to a lawyer and had been “interrogated” on the content of his research.

Documentary director arrested 

Kazım Kızıl, a documentary director and a Kamera Sokak reporter, was placed in pre-trial detention on April 22, after he was arrested along with 20 other people during a demonstration protesting alleged irregularities in the April 16 referendum in the western province of İzmir. Kızıl was detained for “insulting the president.” Another journalist arrested along with Kızıl, Anıl Deveci, was released on judicial control.

Journalists currently under arrest awaiting trial or serving a conviction

1 Abdulkadir Turay, DİHA reporter
2 Abdullah Kaya, DİHA
3 Abdullah Kılıç, Habertürk
4 Abdullah Özyurt, Zaman reporter
5 Abdulvahap İş (Freelance journalist)
6 Abdürrahim Ersöz, Antalya
7 Ahmet Altan
8 Ahmet Memiş, Gazeteci, Haberdar news website
9 Ahmet Metin Sekizkardeş, Zaman journalist
10 Ahmet Şık, Cumhuriyet reporter (Arrested in January 2017)
11 Ahmet Turan Alkan, Zaman
12 Ahmet Yavaş, TRT (Erzurum)
13 Akın Atalay, Pres. of Cumhuriyet Foundation Executive Board (arrested on Nov. 12, 2016)
14 Alaaddin Kaya, Zaman former copyrights owner
15 Alaattin Güner, Cihan media director
16 Ali Ahmet Böken, TRT News coordinator
17 Ali Aşikar – Azadiya Welat
18 Ali Babür Boysal, Zaman page designer
19 Ali Bulaç, Eski Zaman columnist
20 Ali Konar, Azadiya Welat bureau chief
21 Ali Ünal, Zaman columnist
22 Ali Yüce, TRT Radio broadcasts chief
23 Arafat Dayan, Demokratik Ulus
24 Aslı Ceren
25 Atilla Taş, Meydan columnist
26 Ayhan Demir, Çaldıran News Agency
27 Ayşe Nazlı Ilıcak
28 Ayşenur Parıldak, Zaman, Haberdar
29 Aytekin Gezici, journalist/writer
30 Aziz İstegün, Diyarbakır Zaman representative
31 Bayram Kaya, Zaman reporter
32 Beytullah Özdemir, Zaman Düzce bureau chief
33 Bülent Utku, Cumhuriyet Foundation board member
34 Bünyamin Köseli, Aksiyon magazine reporter
35 Cebrail Parıltı, Anadolu Ajansı (AA) Derik reporter
36 Cemal Azmi Kalyoncu, Journalists and Writers’ Foundation
37 Ceren Taşkın, Hatay’ın Sesi
38 Cihan Acar, Bugün reporter
39 Cihat Ünal, Antalya Zaman reporter
40 Cuma Kaya, Zaman
41 Cuma Ulus, Millet newspaper’s publications coordinator
42 Deniz Yücel, Die Welt
43 Eda Şanlı Akıllı, Antalya owner, writer for Bizim Antalya
44 Emin Demir, Freelancer
45 Emre Soncan, Zaman defense reporter
46 Ercan Gün, Fox TV
47 Erdal Süsem, Eylül magazine editor
48 Erdal Şen, former Meydan managing editor
49 Erol Yüksel (TRT News Department vice president))
50 Erol Zavar, Odak magazine, owner and newsroom director
51 Fahrettin Kılıç, Özgür Toplum
52 Faruk Akkan, Cihan news agency
53 Fatma Ölmez (Radyo Ses employees)
54 Ferhat Çiftçi, Azadiya Welat Gaziantep bureau chief
55 Fevzi Yazıcı
56 Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, Türksolu columnist
57 Gurbet Çakar, Hevi women’s magazine
58 Gültekin Avcı
59 Güray Tekin Öz, columnist
60 Habip Güler, Zaman reporter
61 Hakan Ergün, Azadiya Welat and Özgür Gündem distributor
62 Hakan Karasinir, columnist
63 Hakan Taşdelen
64 Halil İbrahim Mert, TRT (Erzurum)
65 Hamit Dilbahar, Azadiya Welat columnist
66 Hanım Büşra Erdal, Zaman reporter and columnist
67 Hasan Duman, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi distributor
68 Haşim Söylemez, Aksiyon columnist
69 Hatice Duman, Atılım newspaper’s owner and managing editor
70 Hayati Yıldız, Azadiya Welat
71 Hidayet Karaca, Samanyolu Media Group President
72 Hülya Karakaya, Özgür Halk Managing Editor
73 Hüseyin Aydın, Cihan reporter
74 Hüseyin Turan, Zaman columnist
75 İbrahim Balta, Zaman business editor
76 İbrahim Kareyeğen, responsible editor for Zaman
77 İdris Sayılgan, DİHA
78 İlker İlkan, Azadiya Welat
79 İnan Kızılkaya, Özgür Gündem Newsroom Editor
80 İsa Siyi, Haberdar
81 İsmail Avcı, Zaman
82 İsmail Efe, local press advisor in İzmir
83 Kadri Gürsel, Editorial Advisor
84 Kamuran Sunbat, DİHA Çukurova reporter (formerly)
85 Kazım Kızıl, Kamera Sokak
86 Kemal Sancılı, Özgür Gündem copyrights holder
87 Kenan Baş, Antalya Zaman reporter
88 Kenan Karavil, Radyo Dünya editor-in-chief
89 Lokman Erdoğan, Çorum Manşet, owner
90 Mahir Kanaat, BirGün, head of accountingn
91 Mazlum Dolan,DİHA reporter
92 Mehmet Altan
93 Mehmet Baransu, Taraf columnist/reporter
94 Mehmet Dener, Şanlıurfa.com editor-in-chief
95 Mehmet Güleş, DİHA
96 Mehmet Kuru, Zaman Eskişehir reporter
97 Mehmet Özdemir, Zaman columnist
98 Mikail Barut, Özgür Halk former editor
99 Miktat Algül, Mezitli FM General Publications Coordinator
100 Mizgin Çay – Radyo Karacadağ
101 Muhammet Taşçılar, Şanlıurfa.com editor-in-chief
102 Murat Aksoy,former Yeni Şafak columnist
103 Murat Avcıoğlu, Zaman
104 Murat Dağdeviren (Demokrat Gebze owner)
105 Murat Öztürk, Çorum Manşet editor
106 Murat Sabuncu, Editor-in- Chief
107 Musa Kart, Cartoonist
108 Mustafa Erkan Acar, Bugün news editor,
109 Mustafa Gök, Ankara bureau chief for Ekmek ve Adalet magazine
110 Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Cumhuriyet Foundation board member
111 Mustafa Ünal, Zaman
112 Mutlu Çölgeçen, Millet, newsroom coordinator
113 Mümtazer Türköne, Zaman columnist
114 Nedim Türfent,DİHA
115 Nizamettin İzgi (Batman Newspaper’s owner)
116 Nur Ener, Yeni Asya
117 Nuri Durna, TRT
118 Nuri Yeşil, Azadiya Welat Dersim bureau chief
119 Nurullah Kaya, G.antep Zaman representative
120 Oğuz Usluer, Habertürk former broadcasts coordinator
121 Olgun Matur, Antalya local journalist
122 Osman Yakut, Zaman Antalya
123 Ömer Çelik, DİHA news manager
124 Ömer Oruç, Cihan newspaper
125 Ömer Özdemir, Antalya eski Zaman muhabiri
126 Önder Çelik, Cumhuriyet Foundation board member
127 Özcan Keser (TRT reporter)
128 Özgür Amed (Ethem Çağır), Özgür Gündem writer
129 Özkan Mayda, Antalya reporter with Zaman
130 Rabia Özkaya, Özgür Halk
131 Ramazan Alkan, Yeni Akit reporter
132 Resul Cengiz, Denizli reporter with Zaman
133 Sadık Demir – Radyo Karacadağ
134 Salih Erbekler – Radyo Karacadağ
135 Sami Tunca, Mücadele Birliği magazine Managing Editor
136 Selman Keleş, DİHA
137 Serkan Aydemir, Bitlis Aktüel reporter
138 Seyid Kılıç, TRT News
139 Seyithan Akyüz, Azadiya Welat Adana bureau chief
140 Şahabettin Demir, DİHA reporter
141 Şahin Alpay, Zaman columnist
142 Şeref Yılmaz, Irmak TV
143 Şerife Oruç, DİHA reporter
144 Şirin Çoban, Azadiya Welat
145 Tahsin Kürklü, Zaman – head of Logistics Department
146 Togay Okay, Özgür Gelecek
147 Tunca Öğreten, former Diken editor
148 Tuncer Çetinkaya, Zaman Antalya
149 Turhan Günay, Chief Editor of Cumhuriyet supplement
150 Ufuk Şanlı, former Vatan columnist
151 Ünal Tanık, Rota Haber editor-in-chief
152 Vahit Yazgan, İzmir Zaman bureau chief
153 Vedat Beki, Sözcü 18
154 Vedat Demir, former Yarına Bakış writer
155 Yakup Çetin, Zaman reporter
156 Yakup Şimşek, Zaman, marketing director
157 Yalçın Güler, TRT (Erzurum)
158 Yener Dönmez, Habervaktim news website
159 Yetkin Yıldız, Aktif Haber website editor
160 Yılmaz Kahraman, Özgür Halk editor
161 Zafer Özsoy
162 Ziya Ataman, DİHA reporter
163 Hamza Günerigök, TRT

Sevan Nişanyan Still in prison (Not included in total count due to the nature of the charges against him).

List of media outlets shut down under State of Emergency decrees
TV Stations: Barış TV, Bugün TV, Can Erzincan TV, Dünya TV, Hira TV, Irmak TV, Kanal 124, Kanaltürk, MC TV, Mehtap TV, Merkür TV, Samanyolu Haber, Samanyolu TV, SRT TV, Tuna Shopping TV, Yumurcak TV, İMC TV, Hayat TV, Özgür Gün TV, Van TV, Van Genç TV, TV 10, Jiyan TV, Azadi TV, Denge TV, Mezopotamya TV , Birlik Medya TV, Yol Tv.
News Agencies: Cihan Haber Ajansı, Muhabir Haber Ajansı, SEM Haber Ajansı, JIN, DİHA
Newspapers: Adana Haber, Adana Medya, Akdeniz Türk, Şuhut’un Sesi, Kurtuluş, Lider, İscehisar, Durum, Türkeli, Antalya, Yerel Bakış, Nazar, Batman, Batman Postası, Batman Doğuş, Bingöl Olay, İrade, İskenderun Olay, Ekonomi, Ege’de Son Söz, Demokrat Gebze, Kocaeli Manşet, Bizim Kocaeli, Haber Kütahya, Gediz, Zafer, Hisar, Turgutlu Havadis, Milas Feza, Türkiye’de Yeni Yıldız, Hakikat, Urfa Haber Ajansı, Ajans 11, Yeni Emek, Banaz Postası, Son Nokta, Merkür Haber, Millet, Bugün, Meydan, Özgür Düşünce, Taraf, Yarına Bakış, Yeni Hayat, Zaman, Today’s Zaman, Özgür Gündem, Azadiya Welat, Batman Çağdaş, CizrePostası, Güney Express,İdil Haber,Kızıltepe’nin Sesi, Prestij Haber Gazetesi, Urfanatik Gazetesi, Yüksekova Haber.Express Gazetesi (Adana), Türkiye Manşet (Çorum), Dağyeli Gazetesi (Hatay), Akis Gazetesi (Kütahya), İpekyolu Gazetesi (Ordu), Son Dakika Gazetesi (İzmir), Yedigün Gazetesi (Ankara), Haberexen Dergisi(Samsun), Van İpekyolu .
Magazines: Akademik Araştırmalar, Aksiyon, Asya Pasifik, Bisiklet Çocuk, Diyalog, Avrasya, Ekolife, Ekoloji, Fountain, Gonca, Gül Yaprağı, Nokta, Sızıntı, Yağmur, Yeni Ümit, Zirve, Evrensel Kültür Dergisi, Özgürlük Dünyası, Tiroj, Yürüyüş.
Radio stations: Aksaray Mavi, Aktüel, Berfin, Burç, Cihan, Dünya, Esra, Haber Radyo Ege, Herkül, Jest, Kanaltürk, Radyo 59, Radyo Aile Rehberi, Radyo Bamteli, Radyo Cihan, Radyo Fıkıh, Radyo Küre, Radyo Mehtap, Radyo Nur, Radyo Şemşik, Samanyolu Haber, Umut, Yağmur, Rengin Radyo, Özgür Radyo, Ses Radyo, Radyo Karacadağ, Özgür Güneş, Patnos FM, Dünya Radyo, Batman FM.
Publishing houses: Altınburç, Burak Basın Yayın Dağıtım, Define, Dolunay Eğitim Yayın Dağıtım, Giresun Basın Yayın Dağıtım, Gonca, Gülyurdu, GYV, Işık Akademi, Işık Özel Eğitim, İklim Basın Yayın Pazarlama, Kaydırak, Kaynak, Kervan Basın Yayıncılık, Kuşak, Muştu, Nil, Rehber, Sürat Basım Yayın Reklamcılık Eğitim Araçları, Sütun, Şahdamar, Ufuk Basın Yayın Haber Ajans Pazarlama, Ufuk, Waşanxaneya Nil, Yay Basın Dağıtım, Yeni Akademi, Yitik Hazine, Zambak Basın Yayın Eğitim Turizm.
Outlets allowed to resume broadcasts after being shut down under SoE: Zarok TV (must comply with new requirement of 40 percent of broadcasts in Turkish), Yön Radyo.

* Glossary of legal terms used in this text
Detain / Place in custody: To hold in police custody for police interrogation first, and later for testimony to a prosecutor. Might lead to a court appearance depending on the action taken by the prosecutor.
Arrest: To put into prison indefinitely – by court order – pending trial.
Released on probation: Released with an international flight ban issued. Usually entails checking in regularly with a designated police station.
These lists have been compiled by P24 editors from open news sources and will be updated regularly. Journalists who want to report developments about themselves or their colleagues can contact us at punto24info@gmail.com

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