Detention period of 20 journalists in Amed extended for two days

The Turkish regime has tightened its repression against the Kurdish and free press in the country.

The detention period of the 20 journalists detained in Amed on Wednesday has been extended for two days.

On the morning of June 8, as many as 20 journalists and one other person were taken into custody during a police operation in Amed (Diyarbakır). The detainees have been held at Diyarbakır Police Department for three days and it is still unclear what they are accused of as the file is classified as secret.

Diyarbakır Bar Association President Nahit Eren and two other lawyers from the bar visited the journalists yesterday, Thursday, evening and found out that the testimonies of journalists had not been taken yet.

On Friday, the detention period was extended for two days on the grounds that all of those sought in the scope of the operation have not been detained yet, and the police search in the offices of their companies is going on.

20 detained are journalists are as follows: Serdar Altan (co-chair of the DicleFirat Journalists' Association, DFG), Safiye Alagaş (director of the all-women's news agency JinNews), Gülşen Koçuk (editor of JinNews), Aziz Oruç (editor of the Mezopotamya news agency, MA), Ömer Çelik, Suat Doğuhan, Ramazan Geciken, Berivan Karatorak, Esmer Tunç, Neşe Toprak, Zeynel Abidin Bulut, Mazlum Doğan Güler, Mehmet Şahin, Elif Üngür, Ibrahim Koyuncu, Remziye Temel, Mehmet Yalçın and Abdurrahman Öncü. In the same investigation, Feynaz Koçuk was detained in Gebze in western Turkey.