April 13, 2017
Turkish lawyer, journalist and human rights activist Orhan Kemal Cengiz is facing consecutive life sentence on coup charges along with 29 other Zaman daily journalists and executives, although he was not a columnist for Zaman, news website Aktifhaber reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, despite the fact that the headlines of articles of columnists Ahmet Turan Alkan, Ali Bulaç, Nuriye Akman, İhsan Dağı, Şahin Alpay, Mümtaz’er Türköne and Lale Kemal were mentioned in the 64-page indictment, no article by Cengiz was cited. The columnists are accused of engaging in “perception engineering” by means of their articles.
The Zaman daily, which was affiliated with the faith-based Gülen movement, was first seized by the Turkish government in March 4, 2016 and then closed down by government decree in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
The government holds the Gülen movement responsible for the coup, a charge strongly rejected by the movement.
There are a total of 30 suspects in the indictment, 21 of whom are currently in jail.