Turkey arrests another journalist

Turkish police late Saturday arrested journalist Çağdaş Kaplan, editor-in-chief of Yeni Yaşam newspaper in Istanbul, pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya news agency reported on Sunday. 

Kaplan has been charged with making propaganda of an illegal organisation, Mezopotamya said. 

Kaplan is expected to be taken to the court on Sunday. There were no immediate reports of Kaplan's current situation. 

A Twitter storm is set to demand freedom for the journalist with hashtag #GazeteciÇağdaşKaplanSerbestBırakılsın (Free Journalist Çağdaş Kaplan) at 11 a.m. local time. 

Earlier this month, Turkish authorities have arrested another journalist, Austrian Max Zirngast, on suspicion of a terrorism-related offence.

Currently, there are 143 journalists and media professionals in prison according to the Journalists Union of Turkey. 

The number of the jailed media professionals in the country has more than quadrupled to 100 in the wake of the coup attempt in 2016, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said, with reporters charged with terrorism and insulting Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. 

“At the gateway to Europe, an all-out witch-hunt has jailed dozens of journalists and has turned Turkey into the world’s biggest prison for the media profession,” RSF said.