The İstanbul Public Prosecutor's Office is investigating journalist Arzu Yıldız, formerly with the Türkiye and Taraf dailies, over a news report on two Justice and Development Party (AK Party) members who allegedly spied on behalf of Iran.
The Türkiye daily reported in September that two female cofounders and current members of the ruling AK Party had gathered intelligence for Iran by planting bugging devices in the office of the Prime Ministry's Overseas Turks Agency (YTB).
The story is based on a letter received by Türkiye from an anonymous source. According to the article, bugging devices were found in the office of the YTB at the building of the Prime Ministry in Ankara eight months ago. Police officers from the Ankara Police Department who investigated took steps to identify the individuals to whom the devices were transmitting. The investigation revealed that the individuals who planted the bugging devices were two women -- co-founders of the AK Party, which was established on Aug. 14, 2001, who are still active members. The daily did not name the two women.
The prosecutors are accusing Yıldız of “violating privacy.”
Yıldız told the private Cihan news agency on Friday that she had done reporting on the Sept. 12, 1980 coup, the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup, the Eşref Bitlis assassination, the Malatya Zirve killings, the Cosmic Room and Turgut Özal investigations but had never been investigated for “violating privacy.”
“Why are they launching a probe for a simple bugging incident?” Yıldız asked.
The journalist said no one has been disturbed by other investigations she wrote about and asked if the prosecutors would launch investigation if the concerned party was someone other than the ruling AK Party.
“There cannot be a violation of privacy, because it doesn't exist in this case,” Yıldız stressed.