Turkish journalist Zeynep Kuray was arrested in Istanbul 

Journalist Zeynep Kuray and her colleague Irfan Tunccelik were arrested last week for reporting on protests by mothers of incarcerated hunger strikers. 

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Why this story matters:

On May 10, according to the Coalition for Women in Journalism (CFWIJ) Turkish police detained the journalists Zeynep Kuray and Irfan Tunccelik during their on going coverage of protests in Istanbul. Kuray is one of the very few women photojournalists working for the national media in Turkey.

According to DİSK Basın, the Turkish union for media on "Friday, our colleagues Zeynep Kuray and İrfan Tunçcilek were taken under custody while following a protest by women whose sons are on a hunger strike in prison. They were accused of “making propaganda of a terrorist organization”(TPC 220/8), “praising offense and offender” (TPC 215) and “violating the Law on Assemblies and Demonstrations”.

According to Kuray’s lawyer Tamer Doğan, Kuray was treated badly by the police officers during her arrest. Doğan also confirmed to CFWIJ that Zeynep will most likely be sent to the prosecutor’s office later on today after undertaking an examination at the hospital.

DİSK Basın stated that these incidents are likely the first wave of intensified oppression against media, especially after the local elections.

There has been a steady attack on journalists since then and critics are worried this kind censorship would hurt Turkish democracy.

Details from the story:

  • This year Turkey became the biggest jailer of women journalists around the world.
  • Kuray was kept under arrest between December 2011 and April 2013 as a part of the KCK investigation and is a recipient of the John Aubuchon Award for Press Freedom.
  • According to Amnesty International, mass hunger strikes have been going on since mid-September of 2018 as a form of mass, nonviolent protest.

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