Turgut's brother: They arrest journalists for being our voice
Naif Turgut, brother of Servet Turgut, who died from the injuries he sustained after being thrown from the military helicopter, protested the arrest of the journalists who exposed the horrible events.
Mezopotamya agency (MA) journalists Adnan Bilen and Cemil Uğur, Jinnews reporter Şehriban Abi, journalist Nazan Sala and former newspaper distributor Şükran Erdem were detained on Tuesday morning, following the raid on MA's Van office.
Journalists who documented and exposed the terrible torture and abuse against Servet Turgut and Osman Şiban, two villagers abducted by soldiers and later thrown from a military helicopter, in Çatak, Van, are kept at the Provincial Security Directorate.
Naif Turgut, brother of Servet Turgut, who died from the injuries he sustained after being thrown from the military helicopter, protested the arrest of the journalists who exposed the horrible events. Noting that since the first day of the incident, journalist Uğur and other journalists have been close to them, Turgut said: “Cemil asked us what had happened. He tried to expose the injustice and cruelty inflicted on us. During our time at the hospital, Cemil and his journalist friends were always with us. Such things should not be done to journalists, because we need journalists here. Journalists should be free to do their job. They cannot be prevented from informing the public. Cemil was coming to us to inform people and because he felt close to us. We did not suffer any harm from Cemil.”
Turgut’s brother added: “We owe it to our journalist friend the publication of the news. Cemil asked why my brother was tortured. We call out to all the authorities: Why was he detained, what was his crime? Cemil and his friends are not guilty. They just tried to expose the injustice we suffered. What has been done to them is unfair. They did not allow anyone to participate at my brother's funeral. They didn’t allow journalists to shoot. These people have tried to be our voice."