"Do you think Öcalan is an honorable resistance fighter?"
An arrest warrant has been requested for Beritan Canözer, a journalist detained in Amed along with 21 other women. She was asked strange questions during police interrogation.
Kurdish journalist Beritan Canözer was detained on Monday along with 21 other women in Amed (Diyarbakir). The investigation file is under confidentiality, and the correspondent of the women's news agency JinNews is accused of membership in a terrorist organization related to the PKK. The prosecutor's office has requested an arrest warrant.
During police interrogation, the journalist was asked strange questions. Among other things, she was asked to testify whether PKK founder Abdullah Öcalan is, in her opinion, an "honorable resistance fighter." The investigators also wanted to know why she calls the repression of the Kurdish women's movement a "political campaign of destruction”.
The charges against Canözer relate primarily to her journalistic work. As a journalist, she is accused of covering a statement made by HDP co-chair Pervin Buldan on the arrest of Kurdish politician Leyla Güven. Another accusation concerns a segment on Jin TV on November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The publicly known fact that Beritan Canözer worked at the now-banned news agency JINHA is presented as an investigative finding based on the testimony of an anonymous witness.
Beritan Canözer has not been targeted by the Turkish security and judicial authorities for the first time. Since the age of 19, the 26-year-old has worked for the feminist Kurdish press. At the end of 2015, she was arrested for the first time on terror charges. The reason given was that she had become "too excited" while observing a protest rally. After three months in pre-trial detention, she was released. The trial, which was brought on charges of alleged PKK membership, ended in 2017 with an acquittal. Last June, Beritan Canözer was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for "propaganda for a terrorist organization." The only basis for the sentence was a like and four comments on Twitter.