Jun 08 2018

Journalist investigating Turkish 2016 coup attempt detained

A Turkish investigative journalist who produced a documentary on the failed 2016 coup and promised to shock Turkey with her forthcoming book on the subject was arrested on Friday on the grounds of “making terrorist propaganda”, said Çağdaş Ses, the left-wing news site she worked for.

Ece Sevim Öztürk had been a popular guest on even pro-government news programmes in recent months after choosing to focus on speaking to eyewitnesses and piecing together the events that led up to the attempt.

But in recent days, Islamist newspaper Yeni Şafak and left-nationalist news site OdaTV have begun to attack her as a sympathiser of the Gülen movement, and she was detained on Friday morning.

The government accuses its former allies in the Gülen movement, followers of a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania, of carrying out the coup attempt in which more than 200 people were killed.

More than 150,000 people have since been detained or fired from government jobs on the basis of allegations of ties to the movement.