Arrested Journalist Oğuz Güven Released

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Court has released Editor-in-Chief of cumhuriyet.com.tr Oğuz Güven who was arrested on May 15.

An investigation was launched into Güven on charge of "propagandizing for a terror organization" and "insulting the memory of a deceased person" with regards to a news report he had made about the death of Denizli Public Chief Prosecutor Mustafa Alper in a traffic accident.

He was taken into custody in his house on May 12 and the Chief Prosecutor's Office ordered a 7-day detention for Güven.

After being referred to court, he testified to Prosecutor Celal Sarıdere and was arrested by 2nd Criminal Court of Peace.

The indictment demanding a punishment for Güven on charges of "propagandizing for a terrorist organization" and "publishing and distributing publications of terrorist organizations".

Detentions, arrests and legal proceedings regarding Cumhuriyet daily

Cumhuriyet Daily Ediyor-in-Chief Murat Sabuncu, columnist Hakan Kara, columnist Hikmet Çetinkaya, writer Hakan Kara, cartoonist Musa Kart, Cumhuriyet Foundation Executive Board member attorney Bülent Utku, columnist Güray Öz, Cumhuriyet Foundation Executive Board member and attorney Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Cumhuriyet Foundation Executive Board member Önder Çelik, Cumhuriyet Foundation Executive Board member Bülent Yener, Cumhuriyet Book Supplement Editor-in-Chief Turhan Günay, columnist Aydın Engin, columnist Kadri Gürsel and the daily's Accounting Manager Günseli Özaltay were taken into custody on October 31, 2016.

Aydın Engin and Hikmet Çetinkaya were released on November 4, 2016.rosecutor's office.

Murat Sabuncu, Hakan Kara, Musa Kart, Bülent Utku, Güray Öz, Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Önder Çelik, Turhan Günay and Kadri Gürsel were arrested on November 15, 2016.

Also an arrest warrant has been issued for journalist and President of the Execution Board Akın Atalay who were abroad at the time.
After returning to Turkey on November 11 Atalay was taken inco custody at the airport and was arrested on November 13.

Correspondent of Cumhuriyet daily, journalist Ahmet Şık was taken into custody on December 29, 2016 due to his certain postings on the social media and certain reports. He was sent to court for arrest on the same day.

İstanbul 8th Criminal Judgeship of Peace ordered Şık's arrest on ground of "propagandizing for Fethullahist Terrorist Organization/Parallel State Organization (FETÖ/PDY) and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)".

Cumhuriyet daily's executives and writers are being charged with "committing crimes -on behalf of PKK/KCK and FETÖ/PDY as non-members".

(EA/BK/DG)

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