If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in jail, according to Turkish law.
“Turkey should drop the terrorism charges against journalist Erkan Akkuş and release him immediately,” said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Gulnoza Said, in New York. “Turkey must stop jailing members of the press, especially during a global pandemic, when even a short time in the county’s overcrowded prisons could seriously jeopardize the journalist’s health.”
During his questioning yesterday, police interrogated Akkuş about his social media posts, which authorities allege were supportive of Fethullah Gülen, the accused coup organizer, according to Hürriyet. Akkuş frequently posted political commentary on his Twitter account, where he has more than 80,000 followers, but has not tweeted since the 2016 coup attempt.
Akkuş denied being a member of the so-called FETÖ organization, a group affiliated with Gülen, which the Turkish government blames for the coup attempt, local reports said.
CPJ emailed the Turkish Justice Ministry for comment, but did not receive any reply.