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  • A MONITORING REPORT ON VIOLATIONS OF PRESS FREEDOM IN TURKEY A total of 50 media workers were put in prison until 30 September 2010, according to data collected from the Turkish Ministry of Justice, the Solidarity with Imprisoned Journalists Platform and other sources. Among the 50 media workers in prisons, 44 of them are currently awaiting trials while 6 of them were given prison sentence. In addition to the number of Turkish journalists who were put in prisons since January 2009, it is estimated that more than 100 journalists are currently under the threat of prison sentence; and over 1.200 cases are awaiting trials in prisons. IMPRISONED JOURNALISTS NAME / MEDIA CASE ORGANISATION 1. Mustafa Balbay, Cumhuriyet  On trial under arrest in the second trial of newspaper Ankara Ergenekon Case. Representative  Released by the court in July 5th 2009 after being detained on July 1st 2009. Detained again on March 5th 2009.  Arrested on March 6th 2009.  Currently in Silivri Prison.  The trial continues.  Next hearing: September 2nd 2010. 2. Tuncay Özkan, owner of the  On trial under arrest in the second trial of Kanal Biz television, journalist Ergenekon Case  Detained on September 23rd 2008. Arrested on September 27th 2008.  Imprisoned in Silivri Prison  The trial continues.  Next hearing: September 2nd 2010. 3. Hikmet Çiçek, Aydınlık journal  On trial in the Ergenekon Case. Ankara Representative  Detained on March 25th 2008  Arrested on March 29th 2008  Imprisoned in Silivri Prison  The trial continues. 4. Emcet Olcaytu, Aydınlık  On trial under arrest in the second trial of columnist Ergenekon Case.  Detained on September 23rd 2008.  Arrested on September 26th 2008  Currently in Silivri Prison.  The trial continues.  Last hearing on September 2nd 2010. 5. Deniz Yıldırım, Aydınlık  Detained on November 8th 2009 for journal executive Editor publishing the phone conversations between the Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdoğan 1
  • and KKTC (Northern Cyprus Turkish Republic) President Mehmet Ali Talat in Aydınlık Journal  Currently in Silivri Prison.  The trial continues. 6. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Haberal,  On trial under arrest in the second trial of Kanal B Television, Chairman Ergenekon Case. of Board of Directors / Rector of  Currently in Silivri Prison. Başkent University 7. Vedat Kurşun, Azadiya Welat  Given 3-year sentence in prison on the newspaper, former Editor-in- ground of promoting terrorist organisations Chief in its articles published on Azadiya Welat newspaper on August 11th-12th 2007.  In the hearing in Diyarbakır 5th High Criminal Court on May 13th 2010, he was given a 154-year-and-6-month sentence for having promoted terrorist organisations in his articles published in Azadiya Welat newspaper between August 2006 and June 2008.  Together with the sentence in the other trial in 4th High Criminal Court, he was given a 169 year-and-6-month sentence in prison.  Currently in Diyarbakır D Type Prison. 8. Suzan Zengin, İşçi-Köylü  Detained on August 28th 2009 after the office worker at newspaper police raided her house. Kartal  Currently in Bakırköy Prison for Women and Juveniles.  Was denied medical treatment while in prison. The first hearing was on August 26th 2010 after spending12 months of in prison.  Suzan Zengin accused the Government of being responsible for the deterioration of her health conditions because she was denied medical treatment during her imprisonment.  The trial continues and the hearing was scheduled on February 15th 2011. (August 26th 2010) 9. Erol Zavar, Odak journal  Currently in Sincan F Type Prison owner and Editor in Chief 10. Füsun Erdoğan, Özgür Radyo  On trial for the MLKP case. Executive Editor  Detained onSeptember 8th 2006  Arrested on September 12th 2006.  Imprisoned in Gebze M Type Prison. Next hearing in Beşiktaş 10th High Criminal Court is on December 10th 2010. 11. İbrahim Çiçek, Atılım  On trial for the MLKP case. newspaper Executive Editor  Detained on September 8th 2006 2
  •  Arrested on September 12th 2006.  Imprisoned in Gebze M Type Prison. The next hearing in Beşiktaş 10th High Criminal Court is on December 10th 2010. 12. Sedat Şenoğlu, Atılım  On trial in MLKP case. newspaper Executive  Detained on operation called Gaye in Coordinator September 8th 2006  Arrested on September 12th 2006.  Imprisoned in Edirne No 1 F Type Prison.  Next hearing in Beşiktaş 10th High Criminal Court on December 10th 2010. 13. Bayram Namaz , Atılım  On trial for the MLKP case. newspaper columnist  Detained on September 8th 2006  Arrested on September 12th 2006.  In Edirne No 1 F Type Prison.  Next hearing in Beşiktaş 10th High Criminal Court:December 10th 2010. 14. Ziya Ulusoy, Atılım newspaper  On trial for the MLKP case. columnist  Detained on September 8th 2006  Arrested on September 12th 2006.  In Tekirdağ No 1 F Type Prison.  Next hearing in Beşiktaş 10th High Criminal Court: December 10th 2010. 15. Hasan Coşar, Atılım newspaper  Detained on March 28th 2009 in İzmir. columnist  Arrested on March 29th 2009.  Has been sentenced to 10 years and 10 months by the Ankara 11th High Criminal Court for being a manager of the an “illegal organisation” and promoting the organisation.  In Sincan F Type Prison. 16. Ahmet Birsin, Diyarbakır Gün  Detained and arrested on April 14th 2009 in TV Executive Coordinator operations against PKK organisation in several cities.  In Diyarbakır D Type Prison. 17. Barış Açıkel, İşçi-Köylü  Kandıra No 1 F Type Prison newspaper, owner and Editor-in- Chief 18. Hatice Duman, Atılım  Gebze M Type Prison newspaper, owner and Editor-in- Chief 19. Mahmut Tutal, Gündem  Şanlıurfa E Type Prison newspaper, Şanlıurfa worker 20. Mustafa Gök, Ekmek and  Sincan F Type Prison Adalet journal, Ankara Representative 21. Metin Bulut, Yürüyüş journal,  Kandıra No 2 F Type Prison owner and Editor-in-Chief 22. Bayram Parlak, Gündem  Karaman-Ermenek M Type Prison newspaper, Mersin 3
  • Representative 23. Şafak Gümüşsoy, Mücadele Birliği journal, former Editor-in-  In Bolu Mengen Prison Chief 24. Gülşen Bozan, Özgür Kadın  In Bursa Closed Prison journal, worker 25. İhsan Silmiş, Azadiya Welat  Detained on October 15th 2009 newspaper, worker 26. Kenan Karavil, Radyo Dünya  Detained on December 7th 2009. (Adana), Editorial Director  Arrested on December 11th 2009 for being a member of an “illegal organization”  In Kürkçüler F Type Prison.  The case was concluded on February 4th 2010. He was given a 10-month sentence under Article 7.2 Anti-Terror Law (TMK) for promoting terrorist organistions. 27. Şeyhmus Bilgin, Günlük and  Detained on December 7th 2009. Azadiya Welat newspaper  Arrested on December 11th 2009 worker  In Adana Kürkçüler Prison. 28. Seyithan Akyüz, Azadiya  Detained on December 7th 2009. Welat newspaper, Adana  Arrested on December 11th 2009. Representative  Was given 2-year sentence for promoting terrorist organisations.  In Adana Kürkçüler Prison. 29. Şahin Baydağı, Azadiya Welat,  Detained on January 12th 2010 In Mardin E newspaper distributor Type Closed Prison. 30. Dilek Keskin, Atılım  Detained and arrested in Antakya newspaper İstanbul  In Antakya E Type Prison. correspondent 31. Sabri Adanır, Gündem  Arrested on charges of “aiding illegal newspaper, Cizre Representative, organisation” in 2006. newspaper distributor  After the trial, he was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months by Diyarbakır High Criminal Court.  Not formally charged. Still imprisoned. 32. Erdal Süsem, Eylül Culture and  Detained on January 31st 2010 during the Art journal editor Devrimci Karargâh investigation.  Arrested on February 7th 2010 for related to the Maoist Communist Party.  In Edirne F Type Prison. 33. Hatice Özhan, DİHA  Detained in Diyarbakır and taken to Ağrı in Diyarbakır correspondent February 17th 2010.  Arrested on February 19th 2010 for promoting terrorist organisations.  In Ağrı Prison. 34. Gurbet Çakar, Rengê Hêvîya  Arrested by the Diyarbakır Public Jinê Journal (Kadının Prosecution on March 20th 2010. Umudunun Rengi-The Color of Woman’s Hope), Managing  In Diyarbakır E Type Prison. 4
  • Editor in Chief  35. Hamdiye Çiftçi, Dicle Haber  Arrested on June 14th 2010) Ajansı (DİHA), Hakkâri  In Bitlis E Type Closed Prison. correspondent 36. Mahmut Güleycan, Özgür  In Van F Type Prison. Halk journal worker  37. Ozan Kılınç, Azadiya Welat, former Editor in Chief  In Diyarbakır D Type Prison. 38. Ali Konar, Azadiya Welat  Arrested on charges of being a member of a newspaper, Elazığ terrorist organisations on May 27th 2010. Representative  In Malatya E Type Prison. 39. Nuri Yeşil, Azadiya Welat newspaper, Tunceli worker 40. Erdal Güler, Devrimci  Detained and arrested on December 26th Demokrasi newspaper owner 2007. and former Editor in Chief  Sentenced to 21 months in prison by the İstanbul 11th High Criminal Court.  Given a pecuniary penalty of 60.000TL.  41. Ali Buluş, DİHA Mersin  Given 6-year-and-3-month sentence in correspondent prison. 42. Mehmet Karaaslan, DİHA Mersin correspondent 43. Faysal Tunç, DİHA Şırnak  In Diyarbakır D Type Prison. correspondent 44. Behdin Tunç, DİHA Şırnak correspondent 45. Bedri Adanır, Aram Yayınları  Detained on January 5th 2010 while entering owner and Kurdish published Turkey from Iraq by the Habur Border Hawar newspaper Editor in Checkpoint. Chief  Arrested on January 12th 2010.  In Diyarbakır D Type Prison. 46. Abdulbesir Yapıcı, Azadiya  Arrested on January 24th 2010 Welat newspaper Şanlıurfa  In Şanlıurfa E Type Prison. worker  47. Hakan Soytemiz, RED journal  Detained on September 21st 2010 Arrested author on September 25th 2010.  48. Özgür Aytukum, Demokratik  Detained on September 21st 2010. Arrested Dönüşüm journal, Editor in on September 25th 2010. Chief 49. Baha Okar, Bilim and Gelecek  Detained on September 21st 2010.Arrested journal, editör on September 25th 2010. 50. H.B., Özgür halk journal,  Detained in Mersin on September 24th 2010. worker  Arrested on September 26th 2010 In Mersin E Type Prison. 5