Oğuz Güven is the editor-in-chief of the online edition of secularist opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet.
Güven was arrested early on May 12, 2017 in a police raid of his home in İstanbul. Anadolu news agency reported that Güven’s arrest was in connection with an investigation launched in the aftermath of the death of a state prosecutor in a road collision two days ago. The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office Bureau of Press Offenses, which is in charge of the criminal investigation, decided to extend Güven’s detention to 7 days. Anadolu said the investigation was launched because of some social media posts and news reports that “discredited those who conduct the fight against Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).” Other reports and social media posts about the death of the prosecutor were being examined as part of the investigation, according to Anadolu.
Public Prosecutor Mustafa Alper died on May 10 when a truck crushed into his car in an intersection in the western province of Denizli. His driver was also killed in the same accident.
On May 15, Güven appeared before a judge, who ruled to jail him pending trial on charges of “propaganda for a terrorist organization.”
Güven is currently held in İstanbul’s Metris Prison, awaiting an indictment. No date has been set for the first hearing of his trial.