Turkey launches investigation into newspaper headline ‘inciting coup’

An investigation has been launched by the Bakirkoy Chief Prosecutor’s office in Istanbul after it received a complaint about a story Turkish daily Hurriyet published on Saturday about disturbances in the Turkish army.

The complaint, made by a lecturer from Istanbul University, claims that the ‘military sources’ the article based its story on are part of a “putschist clique” in the army.

Turkey’s highest selling daily newspaper Hurriyet ran the report – penned by its Ankara correspondent Hande Firat – titled ‘The headquarters is disgruntled’ outlining the Turkish Armed Forces’ disturbance and response to several criticisms coming from the political class and other public officials towards the Turkish army.

With Turkey still reeling from last year’s bloody coup attempt, the article caused uproar in the country, with pro-government newspapers and columnists calling Firat’s piece a ‘call for military intervention’.

Hande Firat was on Turkish cable news channel CNNTurk this morning defending her article, saying, “No one is reading the content of the article. We only asked the army headquarters for their thoughts. We as Hurriyet and the Dogan Media Group will continue to defend democracy.”