Military take media hostages at Hurriyet, CNN Turk offices – reports
Shouts are heard at CNN Turk while broadcasting. CNN Turk says its at Dogan Media Center pic.twitter.com/Xo1BEOev2I— Zaid Benjamin (@zaidbenjamin) July 16, 2016
Darbeciler CNNTürk'ten Çıkarıldı pic.twitter.com/Haixh8Tps1— Nedim Şener (@nedimsener2010) 16 июля 2016 г.
Earlier, CNN Turk halted its news broadcast after soldiers stormed the control room. Reuters reported that the sound of shots being fired was heard on air.
The presenter said the soldiers ordered the channel’s employees to leave the building. The journalists were reportedly told to turn off their cell phones.
Sorry for the poor pic quality but it's hard when you are mass-arrested during a coup attempt... pic.twitter.com/TwUC6Yqi71— Emre KIZILKAYA (@ekizilkaya) July 16, 2016
According to BNO News, some civilians entered the studio in an attempt to stop the soldiers.
Meanwhile, anti-coup protesters gathered outside the building, chanting slogans in support of the channel.
I left the building unscathed but some colleagues have been taken as hostages. A SWAT team was approaching the building as I was leaving.— Emre KIZILKAYA (@ekizilkaya) 16 июля 2016 г.
A hostage situation is reportedly ongoing at the Hurriyet newspaper office, according to tweets from Hurriyet journalist Emre Kizilkaya, who managed to get out of the building that was seized by the military.
I've asked a soldier if he is aware he violates the Constitution. He kept silence. "Leave your gun & go home" I said. He smiled.— Emre KIZILKAYA (@ekizilkaya) 16 июля 2016 г.
“Soldiers took some journalists as hostages. So police can’t intervene now,” he wrote, adding that he saw special police units approaching the building as he escaped.
Wow. TV anchor says his building, including CNN Turkey, has just been invaded by soldiers. He expects to be cut off. pic.twitter.com/nYzRExggq2— Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) July 16, 2016
Hurriyet`s editor-in-chief, Sedat Ergin, said the newspaper would not publish its morning issue after it was forbidden to do so by soldiers.
"We are not allowed to print it," he told TRT.
Police have raided the Doğan Media Center, where Hurriyet’s newspaper office is located.
2 journos, who were initially described by police as hostages, are fine, just traumatized. A policeman was injured (not wounded) at Hurriyet— Emre KIZILKAYA (@ekizilkaya) 16 июля 2016 г.
The special police units have reportedly deployed tear gas against the pro-coup soldiers in the course of the operation.
The two journalists that were freed during the raid are “fine, just traumatized,” Kizilkaya wrote.
A police officer has been injured, he added.