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Turkish police raid Zaman building, attempt to detain editor

Sources: todayszaman.com, bbc.com, zamanfrance.fr

As reported by Today’s Zaman, Turkey’s anti-terrorism units have attempted to raid headquarters of the country’s top-selling newspaper Zaman in an early-morning operation, with a goal to detain its editor-in-chief, but had to turn back due to protests by readers.

A group of police officials from İstanbul police anti-terrorism units arrived at the Zaman daily building in Yenibosna on Sunday morning and tried to enter the building amid slogans by protesters changing “free media cannot be silenced.” The police officials were then allowed by the security to enter inside the building, but could not proceed further as heavy presence of protesters created a small stampede. The Zaman daily live broadcast the entire drama while the Turkish media largely preferred to remain indifferent to the police operation.

Much-anticipated police raid to Zaman put the entire staff of the newspaper to stay overnight in the newspaper in a show of defiance as they vowed to stay firm in the face of government crackdown. Throughout the night, newspaper editors and reporters, including this newspaper’s editor-in-chief Bülent Keneş, tweeted to their anxious followers who displayed a wave of support on the social media.

The first raid to Zaman daily was reportedly aimed at detaining Zaman daily editor-in-chief Ekrem Dumanlı, who was sitting in the administration floor. The officials said they could not “fulfill their task” because of the pressure and had to leave the building.

In a news conference following the attempted raid, Dumanlı said he was called to come down to see the police official, which he viewed as “nonsense.” “I am sitting in my office and I invited him to come and detain me,” Dumanlı told the media.

Dumanlı said the protesters reacted in a peaceful and democratic way by only chanting pro-freedom slogans and that the police officials faced no physical resistance. The Zaman editor-in-chief said it was the officials’ “caprice” and he left with no reason.

Bbc reports that Turkish police have raided a newspaper and TV station close to a US-based Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen.

There were raids across Turkey and at least 14 people were arrested, Turkish media reported.Mr Gulen is a rival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His Hizmet movement has millions of supporters.The latest move comes days after President Erdogan pledged a fresh campaign against Mr Gulen’s supporters.Those detained include journalists, producers, scriptwriters and a police chief in eastern Turkey.

Extraordinarily, Mr Erdogan managed to turn it around, declaring war on what he called a “parallel state”: followers of his one-time ally Fetullah Gulen who he said were plotting a coup. He used every tool he could muster, firing thousands of police officers and prosecutors, launching an endless tirade in the media that he’s ensured is widely pro-government, and closing ranks within his party, sidelining dissidents. This is stage two: arresting the critics.

Turkey already ranks 154th of 180 in the press freedom index of the body Reporters without Borders. Concerns have been raised by human rights organisations that freedom of expression is under attack in this, a candidate for EU membership.

Turquie : Perquisitions dans les médias Zaman et Samanyolu Tv

Les révélations de Fuat Avni se sont finalement avérées. Des mandats de recherche ont été délivrés contre 32 personnes dont deux responsables de la presse proche du Hizmet, le journal Zaman et la chaîne de télévision Samanyolu Tv.

La police a mené des perquisitions dans les locaux deZaman, le journal le plus diffusé en Turquie, ainsi que chez le président du groupe de télévision Samanyolu Tv, Hidayet Karaca. Celui-ci s’est rendu au poste de police où il a été placé en garde à vue.

Des scénaristes et réalisateurs de séries diffusées sur STV ainsi que d’anciens commissaires de police ont également été placés en garde à vue. Ils sont accusés de «former une association de malfaiteurs en vue de s’emparer de la souveraineté de l’Etat de la République turque».

«La presse libre ne peut être réduite au silence», a scandé la foule devant les locaux de Zaman, alors que son directeur, Ekrem Dumanli, s’adressait à elle, défiant les policiers de l’arrêter. «L’Histoire se souviendra de l’oppresseur. Et l’Histoire se rappellera aussi ces hommes qui ont avancé sans regarder derrière eux pour la démocratisation de la Turquie».

Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, leader du principal parti d’opposition CHP (parti républicain du peuple, gauche kémaliste), a été le premier à réagir : «le processus que nous vivons actuellement n’est pas un processus qu’on retrouve dans les démocraties saines. C’est un processus qu’on retrouve dans les moments de coups d’Etat. Peu importe l’identité de l’opprimé. Nous, nous sommes toujours aux côtés des opprimés», a-t-il déclaré.

Le ministre de la Santé, Mehmet Müezzinoglu, s’est contenté de rappeler que «celui qui a commis des erreurs doit en payer le prix».

Le lanceur d’alerte Fuat Avni avait révélé qu’une opération contre les journalistes proches du Hizmet allaient être lancées vendredi matin. La divulgation de l’information avait poussé la police à reporter l’opération.

Le juge de paix qui a délivré les mandats n’est autre que Islam Ciçek, celui qui avait remis en liberté trois des accusés dans l’affaire de corruption qui touchait les proches de Tayyip Erdogan. Il est également connu pour éprouver une très grande sympathie pour le chef de l’Etat. Sa page Facebook contenait le slogan «Qu’Allah t’accorde longue vie, ô grand homme».

Les forces de l’ordre se sont massées devant le palais de justice d’Istanbul afin d’empêcher tout rassemblement.

Ces opérations coïncident avec la date anniversaire des enquêtes des 17 et 25 décembre 2013. En effet, à cette date, des procureurs avaient lancé des mandats d’arrêt contre des proches du Premier ministre de l’époque, Tayyip Erdogan. Celui-ci avait accusé le Hizmet d’être derrière ce «complot».

Un bras de fer s’en était ensuivi entre l’homme fort de la Turquie et ce mouvement civil d’inspiration religieuse initié par le penseur Fethullah Gülen. Erdogan avait évoqué l’existence d’un «Etat dans l’Etat», d’un «gang», d’une «structure parallèle» voulant le renverser. Il avait immédiatement lancé des purges dans la police, réformé l’organe judiciaire et pris des mesures liberticides dans le domaine de l’information.

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One thought on “Turkish police raid Zaman building, attempt to detain editor”

  1. Nowadays, the power of Turkey made this pressure because of the Zaman newspaper is a contrarian newspaper, is being said. Yes it’s true, nowadays they are in opposition view. But, they have supported to Turkey government for 10 years. And, when the real contrarian journalists arrested in 2011, this newspaper had given the support to Turkey government. At that time, according to this newspaper, the government was doing right work. But everything has changed in dec 17, 2013 with the corruption operation. Turkey government and so many bureaucrats were accused by the corruption (the bigger one, maybe a figure unprecedented in world history). Because, the people, who holds the power didn’t want to share anymore the financial resources with the people, who are the power behind this newspaper. Let us hope that this event would be change point for this newspaper and the people behind it. Maybe they have learned now that “Not the power, it always needs to be stand by justice and the people, who is right.” The other side, EU made a statement such as “we are worried about the Turkey press freedom”. Come on:)) Who believes you? EU always supported Turkey government. And if EU would say today “we can realize only now, what was happen,” they should be really stupid. We know that they are not stupid. Only, their interests aren’t in same line with this government no longer.

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