New case against jailed journalist after state news agency informant denunciation

The court files of a new case against jailed investigative journalist Ahmet Şık show that the informant against him was a reporter for Turkish state news agency Anadolu, opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper said.

Anadolu Agency Gaziantep reporter Kerem Kocalar reported Şık’s Twitter account to the Prime Ministry communications centre in 2015.

“This man is effectively threatening the state and I think he is sharing content that supports terror,” Kocalar wrote.

“For God’s sake, inspect the individual with the username @sahmetsahmet.”

The new charges for “insulting the Turkish people, the state of the Turkish Republic, and institutions and organs of the state” through political tweets carry a sentence of up to two years in prison and have been merged with the other cases against Şık.

Şık has now been imprisoned for 371 days facing charges of propaganda for a variety of conflicting organisations the Turkish state considers terrorist groups, although his supporters say his hard-hitting criticism of government policy is the true reason he is behind bars.
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