Two Turkish journalists have been arrested following the publication of what Turkey deems “top secret” information about the transport of weapons via Turkish trucks to ISIS militants.
Cumhuriyet daily Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar and Ankara Representative Erdem Gül were arrested for “providing documents regarding security of the state”, “political and military espionage”, “releasing secret documents” and “propaganda for terror organization.”
The trucks were stopped in early January, 2014, in southern Adana province while they were carrying supplies to Turkmens of Bayırbucak region northern Syria’s Latakia according to government officials. The raid against the trucks was allegedly carried out by officials linked with the controversial Gülen Movement with the purpose of undermining the government’s reputation on international area.
An investigation was launched against the raid, and while the investigation was underway, Cumhuriyet daily, later joined by several other media institutions, unlawfully published the footage regarding the content found in the raid.
At the time of the raid, the footage regarding the operation and treatment of MİT officials were broadcasted, receiving heavy criticism from the government and the public.