Court Arrests Journalists, Academic for ‘Terror’ Propaganda

özzzA Turkish court placed two Turkish journalists including a local representative of Reporters Without Borders and an academic in pretrial arrest Monday over charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda,”.

Reporters Without Borders’ Erol Onderoğlu, along with journalist Ahmet Nesin and academic şebnem Korur Fincanci, had participated in a solidarity campaign in support of Özgur Gundem, a pro-Kurdish publication subject to multiple investigations and lawsuits.  For campaign involved participants acting as chief editor for a day.

The three were ordered arrested after they testified before the public prosecutor with the state judiciary’s Terrorism and Organized Crimes Bureau.

Fincanci, chair of Turkey’s Human Rights Foundation, said during her testimony to the prosecutor that all of the articles on the day she acted as editor “should be covered by the principles of freedom of thought and expression,” the agency reported.

Reporters Without Borders condemned the arrests as “an unbelievable low for press freedom in Turkey.”