Web editor of Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper arrested over ‘a headline’
16.05.2017 11:54 BİRGÜN DAİLY

Chief web editor of Turkey’s opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet had been in custody since May 12th over a headline used to report the deadly car crash where the chief prosecutor who prepared the first indictment of case against FETÖ was killed.

Court decided that the headline that read as ‘The chief prosecutor Mustafa Alper was sliced up by a truck’ is terror propaganda and ordered for journalist Oğuz Güven to be arrested.

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Güven: 'There is nothing to do in the face of this impairment'

According to reports of DHA, Güven told in his testimony to the prosecutors in Çağlayan Courthouse that he had told the editor to give a Tweet title to the report as ‘The car of chief prosecutor Mustafa Alper - who prepared the first FETÖ indictment - has been sliced up by a truck’. However, ‘due to a complete mistake which was made because of the speed factor experienced in online reporting, the tweet was shared as ‘Chief prosecutor Mustafa Alper is sliced up by a truck’, said Güven.

Mentioning in his testimony that the tweet was deleted within a matter of 55 seconds after it was posted, Güven said: “This shows that the first tweet was posted by mistake… And, when all of our reportings about the deceased chief prosecutor are examined, it is revealed that we had no ill intentions.”

Shortly after being posted, the headline over which Güven is accused of terror propaganda and insult to a deceased person was changed on Cumhuriyet’s website as ‘The chief prosecutor who prepared the first FETÖ indictment died tragically in a truck crash.’

In response to the decision of the court to arrest him over accusations of ‘terror propaganda’, Güven said: “There is nothing to do in the face of this impairment.”

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MP Tanrıkulu: 'This courthosue has become the graveyard of justice'

An experienced journalist, who previously held the position of editorial director for Turkey’s media institutions Radikal, CNN Türk, Kanal D, Hürriyet, and Sözcü, Güven is also the author of the book 'It is hard to laugh during hard time' (Zordur Zorda Gülmek), where he wrote short stories about the detentions that took place after the September 12 coup in 1980.

To show their support, a number of journalists and members of Turkey’s Association of Journalists (TGC), along with parliamentarians from the opposition, gathered in front of the courthouse on Monday (May 15).

Executive members of the Association and the opposition parliamentarians gave a press statement in front of the courthouse following the decision of the court.

Reminding that the number of jailed journalists in Turkey rose to 165, main opposition party CHP’s MP Barış Yarkadaş said ‘the current practices in the country are no different than what was experienced in the aftermath of the coup of 1980’.
CHP’s MP Sezgin Tanrıkulu also gave a statement, saying: “Unfortunately, this courthouse has become the graveyard of justice.”

Executive member of TGC Güneş: 'Jailing journalists don't solve problems in our country'

Secretary General of Association of Turkey’s Journalists, Sibel Güneş, expressed her concerns about the path Turkey has been leading and said: “If journalists are geting detained because of a headline, we can easily say that there is no longer any freedom of expression in our country. Jailing journalists do not solve the problems in this country. I call on all politicians and all people with conscience to lift the barriers standing in front of journalists. Journalism is not a crime; it is an occupation for granting people their right to be informed.”

Source: http://www.birgun.net/haber-detay/gazeteci-oguz-guven-tutuklandi-159664.html