Turkey detains journalist Altan in Mersin province

Journalist Berivan Altan (Photo: Evrensel daily)

Dihaber reporter Berivan Altan has been detained in Mersin province based on a detention warrant, t24 news website reported on Thursday. According to the report, journalist Altan was detained during controls in Mersin’s Mezitli district due to an arrest warrant and taken to Tece Police Station. It was reported that Altan will be taken to Mersin anti-terror branch.

Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The situation of media in Turkey has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after the coup attempt.

Turkey is the biggest jailer of journalists in the world. The most recent figures documented by the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) has showed that 276 journalists and media workers are now in jails as of August 9, 2017, most in pre-trial detention languishing in notorious Turkish prisons without even a conviction. Of those in Turkish prisons, 252 are arrested pending trial, only 24 journalists remain convicted and serving time in Turkish prisons. An outstanding detention warrants remain for 110 journalists who live in exile or remain at large in Turkey.

Detaining tens of thousands of people over alleged links to the movement, the government also closed down more than 180 media outlets after the controversial coup attempt. (SCF with turkishminute.com)


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