Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 5

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan chairs a meeting of the National Security Council in Ankara, January 31, 2017. (Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)

Police detain four pro-Kurdish newspaper distributors
Police in the eastern Turkish province of Van on February 4 detained four distributors of the pro-Kurdish newspapers Özgürlükçü Demokrasi and Rojava Medya, the news website 1habervar.com reported. Ferit Aktepe, Osman İnal, Hamdullah Kumli, and Delil Babat were detained in a raid of the newspapers’ distribution office in the Merkez İpekyolu District. It was not clear what charges, if any, the four will face. Turkish authorities regularly detain journalists and staff of pro-Kurdish media outlets and charge them with being members of, or propagandizing for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which the Turkish government classes as a terrorist group.

[February 6, 2017]