5 January 2019:
4 January 2019:
Turkey blames a journalist for 'doing journalism against state'
Turkish authorities filed a lawsuit against journalist Esra Solin Dal over charges of "being a member of a terrorist organisation" and "doing journalism against the state", pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency reported on Friday.
Turkish police on Oct. 9 arrested Esra Solin Dal, a reporter of the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency, along with 141 people in the southeastern city of Diyarbakır. She was released later but the authorities started an investigation against the detainees after the mass arrest. A court in Diyarbakır accepted the indictment prepared immediately after the investigation.
The indictment said Dal's asking for an appointment from her news sources was "activity for a terrorist organisation". During Turkey's military operation in northern Syria's Afrin last year, Dal asked appointment from the human rights organisations to get information on the child and women deaths in the conflicts. It was called "a gross slander against the Turkish Armed Forces" in the indictment.
She also asked for an appointment from Armenian musician Yervant Bostancı to speak on the Armenian Genocide and the indictment described it as "doing journalism against the state", according to Mezopotamya Agency.
The indictment concluded that Dal was working for Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), which Turkey declares it as a component of the armed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that waged a decades-long insurgency in the country.
Some of Dal's photographs from meetings, while she was reporting on the ground, used as an "evidence of she was attending illegal protests" in the case, the news agency said.
A Turkish prosecutor demanded a prison term between 7.5 and 15 years for the journalist.
Dal denied any links to the terrorist organisations. Speaking to Artı TV, Dal said Turkish police raided her home four times in the last two years.
"I was taken into custody several times. They charged me with different allegations every time. But after the Oct. 9 arrest, the prosecutor prepared a scandal and tragicomic indictment against me " Dal told Artı TV. "This time, they blame me for allegedly working in the press committee of the KCK, I must say, this is completely tragicomic," she added. Source
Police took at least six journalists and two newspaper distributors into custody, alongside 90 politicians, as part of a large crackdown in Diyarbakır on October 9, according to a report by Mezopotamya News Agency (MA).
9 October 2018:
The Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday issued detention warrants for 151 people including journalists in operations targeting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its umbrella organization, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), news website Gazete Duvar reported.
The Turkish Interior Ministry on Friday announced that 88 people have been detained in operations targeting the PKK and KCK.
New operations came two days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he would appoint trusties to municipalities in which anyone linked with the PKK is elected as mayor in local elections in March 2019.