Journalists in prison cannot receive visits from colleagues
Diyarbakır High Security Prison No. 1 and 2 Administration and Monitoring Board has denied permission to journalists to visit their jailed colleagues.
Dicle Fırat Journalists Association (DFG) co-chair Serdar Altan, Xwebûn Newpaper Editor in Chief Mehmet Ali Ertaş, journalists Ömer Çelik, Zeynel Abidin Bulut and Mazlum Güler were not able to see their visitors this week. The names of their visitors were removed from the 'list of visitors'. The reason put forward was that they are "objectionable."
Mezopotamya Agency reported that a "security investigation" was put forward as the reason for preventing visitors collectively.
Diyarbakır High Security Prison No. 1 and 2 Administration and Monitoring Board has, as of this week, denied permission to visitors of arrested journalists whose names were included in the list of visitors before, and who have been visiting them since they were arrested.
Resul Temur, the lawyer for the journalists, said the imposition was "a second punishment,” and drew attention to the fact that no indictment was yet prepared for the journalists for 145 days.
Temur said: "Journalists whose names were on the list to visit Ömer Çelik, Zeynel Abidin Bulut, Mehmet Ali Ertaş, Mazlum Güler and Serdar Altan, were not given permission to see their colleagues. And there is no explanation in the 'security investigation' made on why the person to visit the detainee is not being allowed. These are unlawful, arbitrary decisions."
The sixteen journalists working for Kurdish media have been in Diyarbakır prison since 16 June.