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.
Istanbul prosecutors have launched an investigation into dissident writer Ragıp Zarakolu over an opinion piece in which he criticized President Erdoğan via comparing him to former Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, who was executed by hanging. The writer is accused of "sending a subliminal message calling for a coup attempt." Zarakolu addressed the accusations saying that he had stood up against coups his whole life and his article had been greatly misinterpreted by the gov't.