On Monday, Turkish police raided the Nokta magazine’s headquarters in Istanbul. Police detained one of its senior editors over photographs on its cover portraying President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taking a “selfie” with the coffin of a soldier.
Police confiscated the company’s documents and arrested Murat Capan.
Istanbul prosecutors banned the distribution of the lasted magazine and ordered the raids on its offices over charges of “insulting the Turkish president” and “making terrorist propaganda”.
Nokta said on its website, which has since been blocked by the Turkish government, “Our cover that prompted the police raid may be harsh, disturbing or even cruel,” adding, “But these are not crimes for a media institution, but merely a form of speech”.
The cover depicted President Erdogan grinning as he holds up a cell phone to capture a selfie, in the background a coffin of a fallen soldier draped in the Turkish flag being carried by soldiers in uniform.