[VIDEO] Former TRT presenter arrested over Gülen links

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Former TRT presenter Hamza Günerigök

Former TRT presenter Hamza Günerigök, who was on a list of suspects to be arrested in an investigation targeting the Gülen movement, was arrested on Monday after he was caught near the Greek border.

Günerigök was detained by border units of the Turkish military while trying to illegally leave Turkey. Günerigök was referred to court in Uzunköprü and $5,200 he was carrying was seized.

A report issued by new advocacy group the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) last week said that 191 journalists are in jail, 92 are wanted and 839 have been charged in Turkey.

SCF has documented the individual cases of 191 journalists who are either convicted and serving time in prison or jailed in pre-trial detention.

According to the Swedish-based center, most of the journalists have not even seen an indictment against them. The report stated that 92 journalists are wanted for arrest but remain at large either in Turkey or abroad.

While the Turkish government claims that no journalists are behind bars for their journalistic activities, the SCF report provides concrete information on the status of jailed journalists, their date of arrest, affiliation and the prisons in which they are being held.

In a press release on Thursday, the center said that almost 300 journalists in Turkey, a member state of the Council of Europe and a candidate country for European Union membership, are languishing behind bars or facing outstanding arrest warrants.

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