Turkish journalist Şık's controversial unpublished book released online
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 3/31/2011 12:00:00 AM |
An unpublished manuscript by arrested journalist Ahmet Şık was released Thursday on Google's online document-sharing service and quickly spread through social media.
An unpublished manuscript by arrested journalist Ahmet Şık, the subject of recent police raids, was released Thursday afternoon on Google’s online document-sharing service and quickly spread through social-media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
Journalist Aydın Engin, who had previously read the manuscript of “İmamın Ordusu” (The Imam’s Army), confirmed that the version online was genuine.
The content of the controversial book has been a hot topic in Turkey since Şık’s detention March 3 as part of the ongoing Ergenekon case. At the time of his arrest, he told reporters, “Those who touch [it], burn.” The book is about the Fethullah Gülen religious community and the alleged organization it has founded within the Turkish police.
When Şık was subsequently arrested March 6, then-Ergenekon probe prosecutor Zekeriya Öz said the arrest was not about the book. However, raids were carried out March 24 at both the printing house and among people who had digital copies of the manuscript. The copies were deleted and the people involved were warned that they might be accused of aiding an illegal organization.