Dihaber journalist arrested on terror charges

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Erdoğan Alayumat

Erdoğan Alayumat, a journalist working for the Dihaber news website who was detained along with journalist Nuri Akman on July 13 due to a complaint lodged against them, has been arrested on charges of membership in a terrorist organization.

Akman and Alayumat, who were kept under detention for 14 days at the Hatay Police Station, are accused of “membership in a terror organization,” “organizing activities on behalf of a terror organization” and “revealing government secrets.” They appeared before a court on Thursday which ruled to arrest Alayumat, while Akman was released on judicial probation.

The journalists’ news stories, pictures, interviews and phone conversations with their correspondent friends have been used by the court as the basis for the charges.

The journalists, who were targeted by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency after being detained, were asked questions about their unpublished news stories on members of the Al-Nusra terrorist organization in Hatay.

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