Turkey issues new arrest warrant for journalist for covering intel officer funeral

The Libyan Address Journal

Istanbul’s chief prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Birgün journalist Erk Acerer for allegedly revealing the identity of a Turkish intelligence officer who died in Libya, Turkish press reported.

Turkish security forces have arrested several journalists for covering the funeral of the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) officer, with photos of the event.

In March, news director Barış Terkoğlu, Barış Pehlivan and reporter Hülya Kılınç from OdaTV were imprisoned for publishing the identity of the official. Newspaper Yeni Yaşam’s Ferhat Çelik and Aydın Keser and Yeniçağ columnist Murat Ağirel followed suit in April on the same charge.

Acarer could not be interrogated for his report, because he was living in exile, according to the Turkish press reports. The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office has issued for his arrest as a result.

Acarer said in several tweets he did not lie nor misreported any news, and that he will not be intimidated by such actions of the Turkish government.



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