Journalists detained in Amed: We are entering the process of fabricating evidence

Journalists detained in Amed since 8 June said that this process had begun to "evolve into the process of fabricating evidence".

22 people, 20 of them journalists, were detained following raids carried out by police in Amed on 8 June.

Journalists have been detained in the Provincial Security Directorate for almost a week.

Serdar Altan, co-chair of the Dicle Fırat Journalists Association (DFG) in custody, sent a message regarding the detention process. Writing on behalf of all detained journalists, Altan said: "The long detention process turned into torture and punishment. The process started to evolve into a process of fabricating evidence. Even if it takes 80 days, they will not be able to find anything other than our journalistic activities, so we call on the case prosecutor: we want to see and confront whatever you have. Do not prolong it any longer. Otherwise, you will be implicated. We would like to thank all our colleagues, press professional organizations and civil society organizations for their unwavering support."

The names of the 22 detainees are as follows: DFG co-chair Serdar Altan, Xwebûn Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Mehmet Ali Ertaş, JINNEWS Director Safiye Alagaş, JINNEWS editor Gülşen Koçuk, Mesopotamia Agency (MA) editor Aziz Oruç, journalists Ömer Çelik, Suat Doğuhan, Ramazan Geciken, Esmer Tunç, Neşe Toprak, Zeynel Abidin Bulut, Mazlum Doğan Güler, Mehmet Şahin, Elif Üngür, İbrahim Koyuncu, Remziye Temel, Mehmet Yalçın, Abdurrahman Öncü, Lezgin Akdeniz, and Kadir Bayram and citizens Feynaz Koçuk and İhsan Ergülen.