Turkish journalist on arrest of colleagues: ‘After awhile it starts to feel like a Kafka novel’

Ekrem Dumanlı, editor-in-chief of the Zaman newspaper, waves to his staff and readers as he is taken for interrogation. (Credit: Selahattin Sevi, Zaman)

Ekrem Dumanlı, editor-in-chief of Zaman, waves to staff and readers as he’s taken for interrogation. (Photo by Selahattin Sevi, Zaman)

After days of detainment, Ekrem Dumanli, editor of the Turkish newspaper Zaman, was released from prison today for lack of evidence. Dumanli was held under custody for an article that was published in his paper. However another detainee, Samanyolu TV General Manager Hidayet Karaca, was arrested on charges of forming and leading an armed terrorist organization. Alleged weapons of crime? Broadcasting a soap opera. In a highly politically motivated trial, Turkish journalists are paying a heavy price.

As a technology journalist, following the industry beat the whole week keeps me quite busy. That is why I do my best to keep Sundays only for my family. But on Dec. 14, my whole plan changed. I woke up to the news that my newspaper — Today’s Zaman — was raided, and I rushed into my office. Read more

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