In my blog of 25 September ‘Defending journalism in Turkey’ I described the interview I gave with Ugur Güç, TGS president, on an evening news programme on IMC TV. We discussed the increasing number of prosecutions against journalists and during the interview presenter Banu Güven, mentioned that their television station had been threatened with closure. Within two weeks the station had been taken off air, their equipment seized and the journalists and other media and support workers joined the growing numbers of unemployed, reported on the EFJ web site at 2,500 – see http://europeanjournalists.org/blog/2016/10/24/turkey-107-journalists-in-prison-and-2500-others-left-unemployed/ of 24 October. Recently I received an eye witness account of the raid leading up to the closure of IMC TV which is reproduced below:
The failure of the coup launched by a faction of the military on 15 July has resulted in a massive purge by the Erdogan government, while the reckless military adventurism has weakened, possibly fatally, what was left of the country’s democratic framework. In addition it left more than 200 dead and over 1,500 injured, mostly civilians who went onto the streets to resist the coup.
Speaking to a meeting called by English PEN, in partnership with the Centre for Turkey Studies in London on 29 June journalist Can Dündar, Cumhuriyet’s editor-in-chief, who along with his colleague Erdem Gül were recently sentenced to five years and 10 months and five years respectively for revealing state secrets, called on journalists to publicise the truth about what is happening to the shrinking free media in Turkey.