The latest attack on journalism in Turkey

While the conditions of journalist has been continually worsening in Turkey, there has been a new wave of crackdown in the last week of April as we approach the upcoming general and presidential election on May 14, and three months after the two successive devastating earthquakes that demolished neighborhood in 11 cities in the South-East of Turkey on February 6.

On 25 April, coordinated dawn raids in Turkey targeted homes and offices of 128 people including journalists, lawyers, rights defenders, political activists and artists in 20 provinces, based on unclear charges. ….

Among those that have been detained so far are 10 journalists and a lawyer who represents arrested journalists. Technical equipment, computers, books and documents belonging to journalists were also confiscated by the police during the raids.

International groups demand release of Kurdish journalists, lawyers, political party officials arrested in pre-election crackdown” MLSA, April 25, 2023.

Two days later, 4 of the 10 detained journalists were arrested; Beritan Canözer, Remzi Akkaya, Abdurahman Gök ve Mehmetşah Oruç. At the courthouse, Gök was recorded by his fellow journalists “fascism will be defeated, long live free press!” Few days later, he shared the address of the prison he is kept on his Twitter account:

“Hello, thank you for your support and solidarity. For a while, my address is updated as: Diyarbakır D Tipi, 1 No’lu Yüksek Güvenlikli Kapalı Ceza ve İnfaz Kurumu, C-30 Koğuşu. In Solidarity!”

According to MLSA, as of May 7, there are at least 67 journalists and media employees in Turkey. Read more: