Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener arrested. An unfortunate turn of events in the Ergenekon Case.

It is very hard to believe that our colleague and friend Ahmet Şık is an Ergenekon member. He devoted his life to struggle for human rights issues in Turkey as a journalist and he was in Nokta magazine team whose publications started the Ergenekon case in the first place. Many people suspect his unabating anti-Gulenism may be the cause of his arrest. I was personally not buying much of his arguments but this must not be the consequence of his position. With these arrests, there come the end of an alliance for supporting Ergenekon case. Many Islamists and pro-Gulenists are feeding the suspicion that “how can we know? maybe he [Ahmet] was involved, maybe there is evidence we do not know” whereas liberals and left-liberals are totally frustrated with Ahmet’s arrest. It seems that a case with unthinkable democratic potentials for Turkey is turning into a protracted revenge game in politics…

Many journalists waited and gave support to arrested journalists.. More photos here.

Why is Turkey Arresting Journalists? – TIME

Reactions mixed over new wave of Ergenekon detentions
Today’s Zaman
Journalist Nedim Şener was detained on Thursday after a police search of his house as part of an investigation into Ergenekon. The detention of 10 people — mainly journalists — as part of an investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine network accused

Ayla, journaliste turque, manifeste à Istanbul après l?arrestation d?Ahmet SIK (et des autres)

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne

Turkey?s arrest of journalists comes under fire

Recent arrests of journalists in Turkey will have a ?chilling effect? on free speech, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday, and urged the European Union candidate nation to demonstrate commitment to press freedom.


Turkish journalists jailed over alleged coup plot

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA- The Associated Press
A Turkish court on Sunday ordered two leading investigative journalists jailed pending the outcome of a trial into an alleged plot to topple the Islamic-rooted government.


Füle slams Turkey on media freedom

from Yahoo news
Enlargement Commissioner ?tefan Füle expressed concern yesterday (3 March) over arrests of journalists in EU hopeful Turkey. Seven journalists have been arrested in an alleged plot to overthrow the government. EurActiv Turkey contributed to this article.


Turkish media in uproar over journalists’ detention


Women and Journalists Hand in Hand against Violence

from Bianet :: English
The Women Coordination against Violence and the Journalists Federation decided for a joint struggle against violence and social gender inequality in a meeting in Izmir on 2 March. They aim at a transformation of the sexist approach in the media.

Breaking the Pen: 2000 Journalists Being Prosecuted

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White

Thousands of people? members of  the media, trade unions and opposition parties ? have been demonstrating in recent days in Ankara and Istanbul  against the continuing arrest of  journalists and writers for a variety of things they have written, most recently the results of the journalists?  investigations into state complicity in the murder of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, the Ergenekon coup plots, and the Fethullah Gülen Islamic organization. Journalists have also been tried for publishing about the Kurdish PKK. The days of book burning, it seems, have been replaced by computer file confiscation.


Opposition, lawyers and colleagues express outrage at new Ergenekon raids
Hurriyet Daily News
and also wrote ?Fethullah Gülen and the Gülen Community in Ergenekon Documents.? Documents found during a recent police search of the offices of the dissident news website Oda TV allegedly implicated Şener in assisting with some book projects against


Thousands Protest Detentions of Turkish Journalists

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU
The detention of seven journalists has prompted new expressions of concern from Europe and the United States about the state of press freedom in Turkey. 

Turkey slammed by int’l groups over detaining of journalists

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
International media watchdog groups called Friday for the immediate release of several Turkish journalists detained Thursday as part of a controversial coup probe.

Is the Ergenekon case self-destructing?

Until now most liberals and democrats in Turkey and abroad have tended to support the investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine gang accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

A bad picture

Journalists Nedim Şener and Ahmet Şık were detained following police raids. An absurd memorandum was prepared concerning the death of Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu. Mustafa Balbay was relocated to a single cell at midnight.

Turkey confusing terrorists and journalists

by Fréderike Geerdink

Now and them I publish guest blog posts on this website, written by Turkish journalists. The second guest blog post is written by Ayla Albayrak, who is both Turkish and Finnish. She has been a correspondent in Turkey for Finnish media since almost seven years. She is a friend of Ahmet Sik, a Turkish journalist

Latest Ergenekon wave leads to confusion of minds
Today’s Zaman
The detention of 10 people, including journalists, on Thursday as part of a probe into Ergenekon, a clandestine crime network that has alleged links within the state and is suspected of plotting to topple the government, has raised the eyebrows of many

19 Zaman journalists in court over ‘violation of confidentiality’
Today’s Zaman
Nineteen journalists working for the Zaman daily appeared before a judge on Thursday over charges related to their coverage of an indictment into Ergenekon, a clandestine gang accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

This is just too much
Hurriyet Daily News
What you read in the headline is what I said to myself two mornings ago, on the new “wave” of Ergenekon arrests, involving almost a dozen journalists. One of them was Nedim Şener, a meticulous reporter I barely know yet genuinely respect,

Author on book about Hrant Dink under arrest
They were among 10 people detained as part of an official inquiry into Ergenekon, an ultra-nationalist clandestine group accused of trying to launch a coup against the government headed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Among those under arrest is Nedim Sener

The EU and the OSCE should be more cool-headed about Ergenekon probes

The process of defying Ergenekon, Balyoz and similar shady deep state networks and junta organizations — which is crucial for Turkey to become a transparent, accountable and true democracy with the rule of law — took on a new dimension with the detention of 11 people, including many journalists, on Thursday. The journalists taken into custody include some well-known figures such as Nedim Şener of Milliyet daily, and Ahmet Şık, who published the infamous Coup Diaries in Nokta news magazine, which has led to confusion in the minds of certain groups.
From the website where Ahmet Şık contributes:

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