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