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A panel of trustees who were appointed to Koza ipek Holding as part of a government-backed operation in late October have continued to dismiss journalists from TV stations and newspapers that are part of the ipek Media Group in a move that has attracted widespread criticism.
The most recently dismissed journalist is the Bugandun dailyand’s Editor-in-Chief Erhan Baiyurt. Although Baiyurt was given a compulsory 10-day leave by the trustees, following the unlawful seizure of the media group, he was dismissed from his post on Tuesday by the paperand’s new General News Coordinator Oiuzhan Manduezzino.
The journalist was not even allowed to collect his belongings from his office.
andquotI was not taken into the building. I was taken to the security room. I wanted to collect my belongings with the accompaniment of police officers but they refused to allow me to do so. My room, my belongings are under invasion. I hope they have not damaged them,andquot Baiyurt said, adding that he will take necessary legal action against his unlawful dismissal.
Zafer andOzcan, Bugandunand’s business news editor, has also been fired from the daily. He has said that he does not feel sad because he has become jobless but because he has to say goodbye to his colleagues.
andquotWe have been dismissed because we did our job well. There is no need to be disheartened. If we lose hope, we will lose everything,andquot andOzcan said, adding that the pressure on the ipek Media Group today is reminiscent of the days of the Feb.28, 1997 military coup when there were efforts to silence conservative media circles.
Another journalist who was fired was Millet reporter Mustafa Kiliandc, who has become the symbol of the unlawful operation launched against the media group as he was injured while resisting the police who entered his office and also because he shared a photo that showed his bloodied hands along with his blood-splattered press card on his Twitter account.
Kiliandc said he did his job with honor and he has no doubt that those who unlawfully seized his paper today will leave there with shame one day.
The journalist also said that he was informed of his dismissal by the police officers.
Fifty-eight journalists working for Bugandun TV and Kanaltandurk were dismissed from their jobs by the trustees on Tuesday. In addition, trustees fired 12 journalists and one tea maker working in the Ankara bureau of the ipek Media Group on Tuesday, raising the number of sacked journalists to 71.
Some journalists in the Ankara bureau shed tears as they left their office on Tuesday evening.
Fatin Daiistanli, a representative for the trustees, informed employees in the Ankara bureau about the dismissal decision, saying that it came from the trustees in Istanbul.
Ankara bureau News Director irfan Galip Dumlu said he and his team were dismissed despite the fact that Daiistanli had initially told them that he wanted to do real journalism and was willing to work with them.
Dumlu said they were fired just because they write facts and are not involved in manipulation or partisanship.
The journalist also said he does not believe in the all-embracing messages given by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu in a post-election victory speech on Sunday night after his party received around 50 percent of the nationwide vote.
andquotWe did not find those messages very credible half of the public thinks like us. We are sure that the acts of pressure will continue,andquot Dumlu said.
Another dismissed journalist, Ezelhan andustandunkaya, has called on colleagues who work for other news outlets to raise their voices against the injustice that they are experiencing.
andquotThey should not keep silent, this is the time to show solidarity,andquot andustandunkaya said.
In the meantime, it has emerged that Handuseyin Yahya iekerci, who was appointed editor-in-chief at the Millet daily by trustees, has imposed some restrictions on the employees. He has reportedly banned employees from going to the terrace of the building and has given them a time limit of 10 minutes at most to be spent in the bathroom or for praying. He also said everyone is to be at the office at exactly at 9 a.m. and nobody can leave without getting permission from him.
There are also claims that iekerci is planning to open a cafeteria at the newspaper and has already had a signboard delivered to the building with the name andquotBaidat Cafandeacuteandquot written on it. He has reportedly run a cafeteria in Istanbuland’s Fatih district, but it went bankrupt.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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