16 detained during police raid on Özgür Radio office in Istanbul
Police took 16 people into custody during the raid on the office of the recently closed Özgür Radio station in Istanbul's Kadıköy district.
Within the scope of the ongoing crackdown on media outlets, police forces raided the office of Özgür Radio, one of the 23 opposition radio and television networks closed by RTÜK (Radio and Television Supreme Council) in line with a Statutory Decree issued during the State of Emergency that began following the coup attempt of July 15.
On arriving at the radio station in Istanbul's Kadıköy district, Security and Financial Department police accompanied by RTÜK officials said they came there just to seal the broadcast room and there would be no detentions.
As the radio authorities refused to open the door and insisted on continuing the broadcast, police forces closed the street to traffic and broke the door of the office to get inside. The radio employees and reporters covering the raid were later battered and taken into custody.
As the search in the radio station continues, names of 11 out of the 16 detainees are as follows:
Ali Sönmez Kayar: Radio employee
Can Karakulak: Radio employee
Ardanuş Ateş: Radio employee
Zeynep Derya Yıldız: Radio employee
Arzu Demir: Radio employee
Önder Öner: ETHA News Agency Director
Ezgi Özer: ETHA reporter
Deniz Bakır: Atılım Newspaper Chief Editor
Sedat Şenoğlu: ESP (Socialist Party of the Oppressed) Central Executive Board Member
Ahmet Ayva: HDK (Peoples' Democratic Congress) Provincial Executive Board Member
Öykü Dilara Keskin: JINHA (Women's News Agency) reporter