144 journalists in detention in Turkey: Journalists Union

Ahmet Sik, pictured in 2014, was detained over tweets about the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), proscribed as a "terror organisation" by Turkey (AFP Photo/OZAN KOSE)

In a statement on its website, the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS), has revealed that at least 144 journalists are in detention and 10 thousand journalists have been left unemployed following the declaration of state of emergency in the country.

Speaking in Ankara at a conference recently about the judicial system under state of emergency rule, Cem Gurbetoglu, the unions Ankara bureau chief said 6 journalists detained recently had been in custody for 21 days without charge, adding that out of 348 journalists in detention across the globe, at least 143 of these were in Turkey.

“We don’t know how many cases there are. 189 journalists have been subjected to physical and verbal assaults. 157 media outlets have been closed down as of 1 January 2017. We estimate that almost 10 thousand journalists have been left unemployed due to these closures.

According to the Journalists Association of Turkey 839 journalists appeared before a judge in 2016.

In a December report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Turkey was the biggest jailer of journalists with 81 out of 259 journalists in detention across the world in Turkey.