Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 9, 2018

Journalists Imprisoned

An Istanbul court on April 6 arraigned İhsan Yaşar and İhsak Kabul, the publisher and responsible news editor respectively for the recently seized pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, on charges of “being members of a [terrorist] organization” and “making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization,” the daily Evrensel reported.

They will remain in custody until their indictment, according to the report.

An Istanbul court on April 10 arraigned three editors from the now-shuttered Kurdish newspaper Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, along with three newspaper employees and a former employee on charges of “being members of a [terrorist] organization,” the news website Diken reported.

The three editors, Mehmet Ali Çelebi, Reyhan Hacıoğlu, and Hicran Urun, and a newspaper employee Pınar Tarlak will remain in government detention while awaiting trial. The court released newspaper

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