November 2, 2023

02.11.2023 – Selahattin Kaygusuz Arrested on Terrorism Charges

Selahattin Kaygusuz, responsible for the distribution of the pro-Kurdish Yeni Yaşam ( daily newspaper was arrested in Batman/ Êlih , Türkiye / Turkey on 24 October 2023, on charges of “membership in a terrorist organization.” Kaygusuz had been detained during a house raid in Batman, Türkiye / Turkey on 20 October 2023, based on the testimony of a witness, who is a witness in multiple cases.

After being detained, Kaygusuz was brought to Diyarbakır / Amed , where the investigation originated. He provided his statement at the Provincial Police Department’s Counterterrorism Unit in Diyarbakır, Türkiye / Turkey, and later appeared in court, where the Peace Criminal Judgeship decided to remand him in custody.

This arrest highlights the ongoing challenges faced by journalists in Türkiye / Turkey, including state repression, accusations of supporting terrorism, and hindrances to their work. Those reporting from Kurdish regions are under special scrutiny, making Türkiye / Turkey one of the world’s largest prisons for media professionals.

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is monitoring the case and expresses deep concern over the press freedom situation in Turkey.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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