I think in the final analysis this is a face saving operation. Journalists’ arrest did not do good for the Ergenekon Case. Mr. Öz will still be around though he was a bit under pressure. Now new prosecutors to energize the process…
Prosecutor Zekeriya Öz, previously running the Ergenekon investigation, was now appointed as Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor of Istanbul. According to a decree of the HSYK, the positions of 128 judges and prosecutors were changed.
In a move that surprised many, the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) announced on Wednesday that it had appointed İstanbul specially authorized prosecutor Zekeriya Öz, who was also the chief prosecutor overseeing the ongoing Ergenekon investigation, as the İstanbul deputy chief public prosecutor.
One of the critical turning points in the Ergenekon case was the detention of 102 active duty and retired members of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The military had tried very hard to obstruct the process but failed.
I was in Brussels when the news broke that prosecutor Zekeriya Öz who, for the first time ever in Turkish history dared to start judicial investigations into alleged military coup plans, was taken away from his job by promotion to a higher position.
Read here a list of journalists, writers, politicians and media institutions that were tried in 2010 on charges related to freedom of thought and expression. This list was compiled according to the annual report of 2010 prepared by the BİA Media Monitoring Desk.
It is Nov. 29, 2002. Three weeks after a sweeping election victory, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government is for the first time eye-to-eye with the military top command at a regular National Security Council (MGK) meeting. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is still out of politics. Abdullah Gül is the prime minister.
A police raid on the offices of a publishing house and the headquarters of the Radikal daily last week as well as the police seizure of an unpublished book by a journalist have led to mixed reactions in Turkey.
Investigative journalist Ahmet Sik sees his Army of the Imam seized in court-ordered ‘Operation Delete’
Publishers in Turkey are often in court, but for the first time the authorities have censored a book that is not even finished. On 24 March police launched a series of raids on newspapers, publishers and even cells at Silivri prison in an attempt to pick up drafts of The Army of the Imam, a book the investigative journalist Ahmet Sik had nearly finished when he was taken into custody in early March.