Journalists in Turkey awoke on the morning of 25 December to more bad news from their colleagues. Tunca Öğreten, who was most recently an editor at the Diken news site, Dicle News Agency (DİHA) News Editor Ömer Çelik, DİHA reporter Metin Yoksu and BirGün accountant Mahir Kanaat were all detained in morning police raids at their homes. According to DİHA, Çelik and his family in Amed (Diyarbakır) were also subjected to violence and insults during the police raid on their house.
Both at home and in its neighborhood, Turkey has become trapped in a cauldron of fire. At a time when funerals are being held with every passing day in the four corners of the country for the nation’s youth following their deaths in either war or other attacks, the government is doing everything in its power to conceal through censorship and oppression both the pain and those responsible for this pain. The detention and arrest of journalists has effectively become a run-of-the-mill event. In addition to this pressure, authorities have also dramatically slowed down the speed of the internet in another fit of censorship.
We duly call on those that intimate every day that journalists or the craft of journalism is a crime in an effort to conceal their own crimes: Do whatever is in your power, but know that you will not succeed in concealing the truth; do whatever is in your power, but know that you cannot silence the free press.