On April 25, Mezopotamya Agency (MA) editor Abdurrahman Gök, agency reporters Ahmet Kanbal and Mehmet Şah Oruç, Yeni Yaşam Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Osman Akın, Kurdish weekly Xwebûn newspaper’s concessionaire Kadri Esen, JINNEWS reporter Beritan Canözer, journalists Mehmet Yalçın, Salih Keleş, Mikail Barut and Remzi Akkaya were detained in a Diyarbakır-based investigation.
Journalists Beritan Canözer, Mehmet Şah Oruç, Abdurrahman Gök, Mikail Barut and Remzi Akkaya were arrested by the court on charges of “illegal organization membership” on “strong suspicion of guilt” based on witness statements (April 25).
Gök was charged with “making illegal organization propaganda” (TMK 7/2) and “membership in an illegal organization” (TCK 314) based on his news reports and journalistic activities. The fact that Gök’s social security premium was paid by MA was considered as evidence. The first hearing of the case will be held on September 14, 2023 at Diyarbakır 5th High Criminal Court (June 23).
The first hearing was held on September 14, 2023 at Diyarbakır 5th Assize Court. The court announced its interim decision and ruled to hear the witness and to continue Abdurrahman Gök’s detention. The next hearing is scheduled for December 5, 2023 (September 14).