Turkey has set another record: It is the country with the highest number of journalists behind bars. China and Egypt eat its dust. With 153 imprisoned reporters, Ankara holds half of all journalists arrested in the world.
They are Kurds and Turks, they are freelancers, they are writers and analysts, commentators and photographers. And they are also foreigners.
Gabriele Del Grande is the latest in a long series in a country that — as a result of the purge following the July 15 coup attempt — has (directly and indirectly) placed 90 percent of the media under government control.
The fears of Del Grande’s friends and family are well justified. Just look at the case of Deniz Yucel. The reporter for Die Welt, a Turkish and German citizen, has been in isolation since February. He faces 10 and a half years in prison on charges of propaganda for the PKK and incitement to violence.