Türkei: Online-Chef der Tageszeitung Cumhuriyet, Oguz Güven, verhaftet

Oguz Güven (Foto: privat)

Der internationale PEN ist zutiefst besorgt über die Verhaftung von Oguz Güven, dem Online-Chef der Tageszeitung Cumhuriyet. Damit ist die Zahl der verhafteten Cumhuriyet-Mitarbeiter auf 13 angestiegen. Güven wurde am 12. Mai 2017 verhaftet, ihm wird nach Artikel 220/6 des Strafgesetzbuches „Verbrechen im Namen einer terroristischen Organisation“ vorgeworfen. Grund dafür ist die Veröffentlichung eines Online-Berichts über den Tod eines Staatsanwalts. Wenn Güven verurteilt wird, stehen ihm siebeneinhalb Jahre Haft bevor.
Die Verhandlungen von Güvens Cumhuriyet-Kollegen ist für den 24. Juli 2017 geplant. Die eingesperrten Mitarbeiter werden derzeit im Silivri F-Typ-Gefängnis in Istanbul festgehalten, wo sie keine Bücher erhalten oder Briefe verschicken dürfen. Für weitere Informationen über den Angriff auf Cumhuriyet lesen Sie bitte auch unseren letzten Aufruf.
Der internationale PEN fordert die türkischen Behörden auf, Oguz Güven und die anderen festgenommenen Cumhuriyet-Mitarbeiter sofort und bedingungslos freizulassen, die sie ausschließlich für die friedliche Ausübung ihres Rechts auf freie Meinungsäußerung inhaftiert sind.

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Bekir Bozdağ
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
Milli Müdafa Caddesi, 06659 Kızılay-Ankara, Republic of Turkey
Tel: (+90 312) 417 77 70
Fax: (+90 312) 419 3370
E-mail:info@adalet.gov.tr

Süleyman Soylu
Minister of Interior Affairs
Ministry of Interior Affairs
T.C. İçişleri Bakanlığı, Bakanlıklar / Ankara, Republic of Turkey
Tel: (+90 312) 422 40 00
E-mail: hukuk [at] icisleri.gov [dot] tr

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
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Hintergrund (bereitgestellt vom internationalen PEN):

The state-owned news agency Anadolu Ajansı reported on 15 May that Güven was being charged with “aiding an illegal organisation” in relation to an online news headline on Cumhuriyet’s webpage about the death of prosecutor Mustafa Alper. Alper died on 10 May 2017 after a truck collided with his vehicle in Denizli, southwest Turkey. The headline, which Güven had not written, read “The prosecutor who prepared the first FETÖ (Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organisation) indictment was mowed down by a truck”. Güven, who noticed after it drew criticism from readers on social media, removed it after 55 seconds. During his defense Güven explained that the expression “mowed down” is commonly used in news stories about car accidents and that he personally removed it in under a minute of it being posted, adding that the prosecutor should not be dictating editorial wording. In the charges against Güven shared by his lawyer, the prosecutor took note of the common usage of the term before arguring, however, that it could be interpreted by the public as a warning as to what could happen to prosecutors working on FETÖ cases in the future.

The arrest of Oğuz Güven is the latest in a string of attacks against Cumhuriyet. PEN International fears that the case is linked to the ongoing crackdown against the paper, known for its opposition stance.

Turkish police arrested 14 employees of Cumhuriyet on 31 October 2016. Four were released for health reasons on 4 November. The remaining nine were formally charged before the paper’s chief executive, Akın Atalay, was arrested upon his return to Istanbul on 12 November and reporter Ahmet Şık and accountant Emre İper were detained and charged on 31 December and 6 April 2017 respectively. Güven’s arrest brings the total number of Cumhuriyet staff behind bars to thirteen. These include: Murat Sabuncu (Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief); Güray Öz (Cumhuriyet board executive, ombudsman and columnist); Hakan KaraMusa KartBülent UtkuMustafa Kemal Güngör and Önder Çelik (board members of the Cumhuriyet Foundation); Turhan Günay (Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper’s book supplement); Akın Atalay (Executive President of the Cumhuriyet Foundation) Ahmet Şık (investigative reporter) Emre İper (accountant) columnist Kadri Gürsel, who is also board member of the International Press Institute and Oğuz Güven (Web editor). According to media reports, prosecutors also issued detention warrants for the newspaper’s previous editor-in-chief Can Dündar, who is currently out of the country following an armed assault outside an Istanbul courthouse.

A journalist for more than 20 years, Oğuz Güven started his career at Günaydın daily, transferring to Kanal D to lead its communications division and later to CNN Türk as programme editor. He worked as broadcast coordinator at Kanal 6 ve Star Tv and is a founding member of the editorial departments of the Radikal and Yeni Yüzyıl dailies. He became web editor of Hürriyet daily before joining Cumhuriyet in August 2013. He is the author of Zordur Zorda Gülmek (It’s hard to laugh in hardship) a book published by Griffin books in 2014.

According to PEN International’s records, 163 journalists and media workers are currently behind bars, whilst 173 media outlets have been shut down since the crackdown on free expression widened following a failed coup attempt on 15 July 2017. Since then, the Turkish authorities have pursued an unprecedented crackdown against perceived critics and opponents. Counter-terrorism legislation and the prolonged state of emergency are being used to severely restrict fundamental rights and freedoms, stifle criticism and limit the diversity of views and opinions available in the public sphere.

 

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