ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- An investigation has been launched into Turkish journalists Hasan Cemal and Tuy-ce Tatari, whose books have recently been banned from sale and distribution by Turkish courts, on terrorism charges, according to a news report on the website of pro-government daily Sabah.
The journalists are facing charges of "spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization," "inciting the public to hatred and animosity" and "praising a crime and a criminal" in the investigation launched by the ystanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.
In addition to Cemal and Tatari, officials from the printing houses that printed the journalists' books are facing an investigation on the same charges.
Cemal, who was apparently shocked by the news of an investigation launched against him and his colleague on the basis of their books, voiced his reaction in a message from his Twitter account on Wednesday.
"When has defending peace become a crime of terrorism? Don't you have any shame left," he asked authorities.
The Gaziantep 3rd Penal Court of Peace in December of last year ruled that all copies of Cemal's book "Delila: Bir Genc Kadyn Gerillanyn Day- GE-nlE-kleri" (Delila: A Young Female Guerrilla Fighter's Mountain Diaries) and Tatari's "Anneanne Ben Aslynda Diyarbakyr'da Dey-ildim" (Grandmother, I actually wasn't in Diyarbakyr) should be removed from store shelves across Turkey.
Both books are about Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in the camps of the terrorist organization in northern Iraq.
The court ordered the books removed from shelves because they "spread propaganda for a terrorist organization in a way that would make the organization's methods, including force, violence and threats, seem legitimate or promote them; with compliments, openly provoking people to commit crime and praising crime and criminals."
The initial decision to remove the books from shelves came after police officers found them during a raid of a house as part of an operation against the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) -- an umbrella group that includes the terrorist PKK -- on Oct. 11, 2015 in Gaziantep.
In contrast, in June 2014, the Constitutional Court ruled that imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Eucalan's rights were violated when a book he was writing, titled "KE-rdistan Devrim Manifestosu, KE-rt Sorunu ve Demokratik Ulus EcE[micro]zE-mE-" (The Manifestation of the Kurdistan Revolution, the Kurdish Question and a Democratic Nation's Solution), was confiscated and destroyed in 2012.
Earlier this month, both Cemal and Tatari made individual petitions at the country's Constitutional Court seeking the removal of the ban on their books. The court has not yet discussed their appeal.
Another investigation was launched into SE[micro]zcE- daily columnist Nasuh Mahruki on Wednesday on charges of insulting the president in an article that was printed in the daily's Feb. 22 edition.
Mahruki is facing an investigation due to his article titled, "Erdoy-an neden baE-kan olmamaly?" (Why Erdoy-an should not become the president) in which he cited reasons why Erdoy-an's longstanding desire to become a president under a presidential system in Turkey should not be realized.
Turkey currently has a parliamentary system in which the president has a largely ceremonial post. Erdoy-an wants to become a president with more executive powers.
Mahruki is also the head of the Turkish Search and Rescue Society (AKUT) and the first Turkish climber ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. (Cihan/Today's Zaman) Cihan CyHAN
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