6 journalists to be kept in custody until January 24!

ISTANBUL – Detained six journalists will be kept in custody until January 24. The journalists, who were allowed to see their lawyers, sent a message and said, “Buckle down more to report”.

The closed Dicle News Agency (DİHA) News Director Ömer Çelik, DİHA reporter Metin Yoksu,  former Diken editor Tunca Öğreten, Birgün worker Mahir Kanat, Etkin News Agency (ETHA) Managing Editor Derya Okatan, Yolculuk Newspaper Editor in Chief Eray Saygın were detained five days ago. A confidentiality order has been imposed on the case. The journalists’ lawyers saw their clients after five days. The lawyers stated that the journalists were detained allegedly “being members of an [illegal] organization”. The lawyers said that the journalists kept their morale high and sent their greetings to their journalist colleagues outside. The journalists also sent a message to their colleagues and said “Buckle down more to report”.

The closed Dicle News Agency (DİHA) News Director Ömer Çelik told his lawyers that, “We are the people who are doing journalism. They keep us in custody unjustly by criminalizing us over Redhack. We don’t even know we are accused of what. I am sending my greetings to all friends, they should continue to write. I keep my morale high.”

Derya stages a hunger strike

Etkin News Agency (ETHA) Managing Editor Derya Okatan has been reported to stage a hunger strike since she was detained.