4 more journalists jailed in Turkey

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Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, Mutlu Gölgeçen, Atilla Taş, Murat Aksoy

Journalists Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu, Atilla Taş, Mutlu Gölgeçen and Murat Aksoy were jailed in İstanbul on Saturday as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement.

An İstanbul prosecutor referred eight of 12 journalists including Taş and Çulhaoğlu for arrest on Friday after their testimony in what has become a witch-hunt against the Gülen movement.

The court released Dinçer Gökçe, İskender Yunus Tiryaki, Levent Arap and Ayhan Şimşek while arresting four other journalists.

Twelve journalists who were detained last week were remanded to court after interrogation at the İstanbul Police Department.

Ömer Şahin, Abdullah Alparslan Akkuş, Rasih Yılmaz and Nurullah Öztürk were released by the prosecutor on Friday.

Twelve journalists have been in custody under detention warrants issued for 35 journalists on Aug. 30 for allegedly promoting the Gülen movement in the media and in social media.

Police raided and searched the homes of the journalists on the list on Tuesday.

Journalists Ali Yurttagül, Asım Yıldırım, Ayşe Özkalay, Can Bahadır Yüce, Celil Sağır, Ergun Babahan, Erhan Başyurt, Eyüp Can Sağlık, Faruk Arslan, Hasan Cücük, İbrahim Öztürk, İhsan Yılmaz, Kemal Gülen, Kerim Balcı, Mahmut Akpınar, Osman Özsoy, Önder Deligöz, Savaş Genç, Selçuk Gültaşlı, Şemsettin Efe, Turhan Bozkurt, Yavuz Baydar and Yonca Kaya Şahin are still being sought.

Reporter for the pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), Sebahattin Koyuncu was arrested in Cizre on Thursday for allegedly disseminating propaganda on behalf of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The P24 website says the number of journalists under arrest in Turkey has risen to 114 with the recent arrests.

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has closed down more than 130 media organizations, including three news agencies, 16 TV stations, 23 radio stations, 46 newspapers, 15 magazines and 29 publishers since the failed military coup of July 15.

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