80 journalists and media employees behind bars in Turkey

At least 80 journalists and media employees are currently in prison in Turkey, according to the media rights organization MLSA. The IFJ describes the country ruled by Erdoğan as the “largest jailer of journalists in the world”.

At least eighty journalists are currently in prison in Turkey. This was announced by the media rights organization Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) in Istanbul on Sunday. The NGO stands by harassed media professionals who are being prosecuted for their work in Turkey, provides pro bono legal support and monitors trials. It also conducts information campaigns at home and abroad.

As can be seen from MLSA’s current list of imprisoned media workers, five of those in custody are women. They include JinNews correspondent Şehriban Abi and journalist Nazan Sala, who were arrested in Wan in October on charges of membership in a terrorist organization and “anti-state coverage of social events.” The charges stem from articles about the so-called “helicopter torture” by Turkish military forces of two Kurdish villagers, one of whom did not survive the ordeal.

IFJ: Turkey largest jailer of journalists worldwide

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) recently described Turkey in a report as the “largest jailer of journalists in the world”. More media professionals are currently imprisoned in the country ruled by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan than in China (23) or Saudi Arabia (13).

Below is the MLSA list of editors, reporters, columnists and media workers imprisoned in Turkey because of the work they do:

1 Abdulkadir Turay Dicle News Agency (DİHA), reporter
2 Abdullah Özyurt Zaman newspaper, reporter
3 Adnan Bilen Mesopotamia News Agency, Van reporter
4 Ahmet Altan Journalist, novelist
5 Ahmet Feyzullah Özyurt
6 Ahmet Metin Sekizkardeş Zaman
7 Ahmet Uzan Sabah Egeli
8 Alaaddin Akkaşoğlu Karşı daily, Gediz Haber owner
9 Ali Ahmet Böken TRT, News Coordinator
10 Ali Demirer Bugün TV, Chief editor
11 Ali Ünal Zaman, Columnist
12 Ali Yüce TRT Radio, Broadcasting chief
13 Ayşenur Parıldak Haberdar.com, Zaman
14 Aytekin Gezici Journalist, writer
15 Beytullah Özdemir Cihan News Agency, Düzce representative
16 Burçin Selçuk Dokgöz Zaman and Cihan, former reporter
17 Cemil Uğur Mesopotamia News Agency, Van reporter
18 Cihan Acar Bugün, former reporter
19 Cuma Ulus Millet newspaper, broadcasts coordinator
20 Çetin Çiftçi Bugün, parliament reporter
21 Emre Soncan Zaman, defense reporter
22 Ercan Gün Fox TV, News editor
23 Erdal Süsem Eylül magazine, editor
24 Erdal Şen Meydan newspaper, managing editor
25 Erkan Akkuş Kanaltürk and Bugün TV former managing editor
26 Erol Zavar Odak, magazine owner and managing editor
27 Ersin Demirci Zaman, Erzurum
28 Fahri Öztoprak Zaman, Erzurum
29 Faruk Akkan Cihan News Agency
30 Ferhat Çiftçi Azadiya Welat, Gaziantep correspondent
31 Fethi Altun Zaman
32 Fevzi Yazıcı
33 Gültekin Avcı
34 Hakan Ergün
Azadiya Welat and Özgür Gündem, distributor

35 Halil İbrahim Öztürkeri TRT
36 Hamza Günerigök TRT, anchorman
37 Hanım Büşra Erdal Zaman, reporter, columnist
38 Harun Çümen Zaman, former Managing Editor
39 Hasan Hüseyin Örs TRT
40 Hasan Taşar TRT, former Ankara correspondent
41 Hatice Duman Atılım newspaper, owner and managing editor
42 Hidayet Karaca Samanyolu, Broadcasting Corp. CEO
43 Hüdaverdi Yıldırım Bugün TV, Editor
44 İbrahim Karakaş Yeni Yaşam newspaper staffer
45 İsmail Çoban Azadiya Welat, managing editor
46 Kamuran Sunbat DİHA, former Çukurova reporter
47 Kazım Canlan Cihan, Ankara News Director
48 Kenan Karavil Radyo Dünya, Editor-in-Chief
49 Mahmut Gülecan Özgür Halk journal, Managing editor
50 Mehmet Aslan Mesopotamia News Agency, reporter
51 Mehmet Baransu Taraf, writer
52 Mehmet Güleş DİHA, reporter
53 Miktat Algül Mezitli FM Genel broadcasts coordinator
54 Murat Çapan Nokta, managing editor
55 Murat Dağdeviren Demokrat Gebze newspaper, owner
56 Mustafa Erkan Acar Bugün newspaper, newsroom editor
57 Mustafa Gök Ekmek ve Adalet magazine, Ankara correspondent
58 Mustafa Ünal Zaman
59 Mutlu Çölgeçen Millet newspaper, newsroom coordinator
60 Nazan Sala Freelance journalist
61 Nedim Türfent DİHA, reporter
62 Nuh Gönültaş
63 Nuri Yeşil Azadiya Welat, Dersim correspondent
64 Oğuz Usluer Habertürk, former broadcasts coordinator
65 Özcan Keser TRT, reporter
66 Özden Kınık TRT
67 Sami Tunca Mücadele Birliği magazine, managing editor
68 Sertan Önal Halkın Günlüğü, reporter
69 Seyid Kılıç TRT News
70 Seyithan Akyüz Azadiya Welat, Adana correspondent
71 Şehriban Abi Jin News, Van reporter
72 Şeref Yılmaz Irmak TV
73 Turgut Usul TRT, anchorman
74 Ufuk Şanlı Vatan, former writer
75 Uğur Yılmaz DİHA, Bitlis News Portal, Bitlis Municipal Press Unit, reporter
76 Vahit Yazgan Zaman, İzmir regional Bureau Chief
77 Yakup Şimşek Zaman, marketing manager
78 Yılmaz Kahraman Özgür Halk magazine, editor
79 Zafer Özcan Bugün, Finance editor
80 Ziya Ataman DİHA, reporter