Turkish daily Evrensel was issued a 45-day ban on all advertisements as a result of a May 5 column titled "No escape from ill fate." The opinion piece is also the topic of a criminal investigation launched by the presidency on the charges of "targeting the constitutional order through messaging about a coup d'état."
Turkish leftist daily Evrensel's chief editor Fatih Polat was called to testify over a column penned by Ragıp Zarakolu in which he criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan via comparing him to former Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, who was executed by hanging. "I and our news editor Görkem Kınacı were called to testify over Ragıp Zarakolu's column, which didn't have a single sentence that supports a coup," Polat said on Twitter.
In a letter addressed to Rıdvan Duran, the general director of Turkey's Public Advertising Agency (BİK), ten members of the European Parliament (EP) called for the immediate end to the public advertising ban that has been imposed on daily Evrensel since September 2019.
Prosecutors have launched an investigation into a news report on pilgrims who allegedly did not undergo a medical check up after returning to Turkey from Saudi Arabia. The news report said about 500 pilgrims were directly sent home, with several of them defying the 14-day quarantine rule and spending their time outside their houses despite the authorities' calls for social distancing amid coronavirus outbreak.
The opposition daily Evrensel newspaper has been handed a ten-day advertisement ban by the Press Advertisement Agency (BİK) after it published a story last year criticizing the agency for making it impossible for Kurdish-language newspapers to thrive in the country.