As you may recall, last spring Vlad broke the story of the video of a shipment of weapons to Turkmen fighters in Syria that was intercepted on its way out of Turkey. The significance of the video was that it revealed the assistance of the Turkish intelligence services in getting these weapons to the jihad groups in Syria.
The video was recorded and published by Turkish newspaper called Cumhuriyet. Its editors were immediately warned by
Sultan President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that they would pay a serious price for their actions.
Mr. Erdogan seems to have finally made good on his promises: the editors of Cumhuriyet have been arrested, and the paper’s accounts are being audited for irregularities. The following news report from RT provides details:
Below is a related article on the same topic from Sputnik News:
Turkish Newspaper Faces Sudden Tax Inspection After Arrest of Two Reporters
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On November 26, an Istanbul court ordered the arrest of the Cumhuriyet’s editor-in-chief, Can Dundar, and the newspaper’s Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gul, over the publication of an article detailing how trucks owned and operated by Turkish intelligence were carrying weapons bound for Syria.
“Two and a half years have passed since Cumhuriyet newspaper’s 2010 accounts were fully inspected, now they again want to inspect the audited accounts for 2010,” Atalay said on Twitter on Monday.
A photocopy of the previous tax inspection report was attached to the tweet.
The Cumhuriyet May 29 article showed footage of trucks operated by Turkish intelligence carrying what the newspaper claimed were weapons and ammunition to Syrian opposition groups fighting President Bashar Assad.
Ankara denied accusations of assisting a Syrian opposition, claiming that the vehicles were delivering aid to Syrian Turkmens.
The arrest of the journalists raised an international outcry over freedom of the press in Turkey. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European and International Federations of Journalists have called on Ankara to drop all charges against the two journalists and release them immediately.
Hat tips: For the video, Vlad Tepes; for the article, C. Cantoni.