Turkey arrests Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Oguz Guven

Police official says Guven was detained over article about the death of a public prosecutor in Denizli province.

    Twelve Cumhuriyet journalists and executives are currently facing 'terror' charges [Al Jazeera]
    Twelve Cumhuriyet journalists and executives are currently facing 'terror' charges [Al Jazeera]

    Turkish police arrested the online editor of the Cumhuriyet newspaper on Friday, an unidentified police official said. 

    Oguz Guven, the editor-in-chief of cumhuriyet.com.tr, was taken to Istanbul police headquarters, the official said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

    The official said an arrest warrant was issued for Guven after the online edition published an article about the death of Mustafa Alper, the chief prosecutor of Denizli province, in southwest Turkey, who was killed in a car crash on Wednesday.

    Early on Friday, Guven tweeted, "I am being taken into custody", without elaborating further.

    READ MORE: Turkey's failed coup attempt - All you need to know

    A statement on Cumhuriyet's website said the newspaper was not given reasons for Guven's arrest.

    According to state-run Anadolu news agency, 12 Cumhuriyet journalists and executives are currently in prison facing "terror" charges.

    Scores of opposition media organisations have been shut down since the government acquired emergency powers following the failed coup last year. 

    Cumhuriyet, known for its independent reporting, received international attention in 2015 when it reported on a fleet of Syria-bound trucks, allegedly sent by the country's intelligence agency, carrying weapons to Syrian anti-government fighters.

    For that report, Can Dundar, Cumhuriyet's previous editor-in-chief, was sentenced to nearly six years for publishing state secrets.

    THE LISTENING POST - Counting the closures: Turkey's media shutdown

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    This part of 'The Crusades: An Arab Perspective' explores the birth of the Muslim revival in the face of the Crusades.

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    A photojournalist describes how she posed as a prostitute to follow the trade in human flesh.

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.