Detention of Turkish editor 'another dark day' for country's media

By agency reporter
May 16, 2017

 Oguz Güven, the web editor of the prominent Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, was taken into police custody on 12 May 2017.

, Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s Turkey Researcher, said: “Since their crackdown on the media escalated dramatically following the coup attempt last July, the Turkish authorities have been relentless in their hounding of Cumhuriyet, which is now one of the country’s last remaining opposition newspapers. Twelve Cumhuriyet staff members are currently held in prison pending trial, and O?uz Güven’s detention is yet another demonstration of the authorities’ intent to stamp out independent journalism for good.

“Reports that Oguz Güven was apparently detained on the basis of a single headline reflect the terrifying new reality for journalists in Turkey, where one word out of place can get you locked up. His detention is another dark day for media in Turkey, which since last year, has held the disgraceful record for being the world’s biggest jailer of journalists.”

According to his lawyer, Oguz Güven was detained because of a headline about the death of a chief prosecutor in Denizli, a province in western Turkey. He remains in police custody and it is currently unclear whether he will be questioned about any other matter.

* Amnesty International


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