Turkish journalist Şık under investigation over remarks on ruling AKP, state

Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into Turkish Workers Party (TİP) deputy and journalist Ahmet Şık over his televised statements against Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), T24 news website reported on Monday.

The investigation has allegedly launched over Şık’s remarks in a television programme, in which he questioned the patriotism of Turkey’s ruling alliance and accused the Turkish state of being murderous.

“If I am to be criticised or prosecuted for my words that the state is a murderer, it must be because I have made an incomplete statement. The state is a killer who commits serial murders. There is no state that does not have blood on its hands,” Şık responded to the investigation via his Twitter account.

 

"Let me make it clear that if the AKP and its governing bloc is patriotic and I am a terrorist, then.... I would rather be patriotic than be like them.... Any policy that will weaken that government, anything that will break the canines and pull out the molars of this government, is legitimate,” Şık said in an interview on Medyascope.tv on Sunday.

 

Before elected as a member of the parliament, Şık was accused of disseminating propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organisation and or of assisting them through articles and interviews published in Cumhuriyet newspaper, as well as social media posts critical of the government.

Taken into police custody on Dec. 29, 2016 as part of an investigation launched by the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office, Şık was released on March 9, 2018, after spending more than 400 days in pre-trial detention in Istanbul’s Silivri Prison.

Pertained to the pre-trial detention of the journalist, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Nov. 24, ruled that Turkey violated the freedom of expression and the right to freedom and security of Şık.