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Convicted six Turkish journalists for their alleged affiliation to the cleric Gulen

December 27, 2019


An Istanbul court ordered Friday the imprisonment of six journalists and an accountant in the same media for his alleged relationship with the cleric Fetulá Gulen, accused of organizing the failed coup d'etat of 2016, in another episode of the retaliation orchestrated by the Turkish authorities against thousands of alleged supporters of the religious, exiled in the United States.

The journalists belong to the newspaper 'Sozcu', with a secular tendency and occasional critic of the authorities. These are its columnists Emin Colasan and Necati Dogru, its editor in chief, Metin Yilmaz and editor in chief of the website, Mustafa Cetin, sentenced to three and a half years in prison; and its coordinator Yucel Ari, the correspondent Gokmen Ulu and the accountant Yonca Yucekaleli, sentenced to two years and one month.

The newspaper opens its website with the headline “A black spot in the history of journalism” and describes the sentence as “a shame. Also, the court has acquitted the journalist Mediha Olgun and has issued an arrest prayer against the owner of the media , Burak Akbay, who is abroad.

Yilmaz has lamented that the verdict is “what everyone expected from such a judiciary,” while his lawyer, Celal Ulgen, has described the process as “an intimidation directed at the media as a whole.