Commission formed for arrested publisher
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
Zarakolu was arrested last month for his alleged relations to KCK. DAILY NEWS photo, Hasan ALTINIŞIKFriends, acquaintances and other supporters of prominent activist, journalist and publisher Ragıp Zarakolu have established a commission following his arrest by law enforcement officials last month in connection with the ongoing Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) trials.
“For now, the website freedom-for-zarakolu.blogspot.com that contains news about Zarakolu has gone online,” Sait Çetinoğlu, a member of the commission, told the Hürriyet Daily News. “There is a campaign live on gercek-inatcidir.blogspot.com to protest his arrest. We are going to initiate new campaigns step by step. The required permits for those who want to visit Zarakolu are going to be obtained.”
The commission is open to all those who would like to contribute to it and willing participants are welcome to contact us, Çetinoğlu said.
“The indictment, the defense and other information pertaining to the trial process will be disclosed to his friends, after the lifting of the court’s ruling on confidentiality,” Çetinoğlu said. No information regarding the continuing trial could currently be provided due to the court’s confidentiality ruling.
All domestic and international requests regarding Ragıp Zarakolu’s case are going to be dealt with through the commission, of which the publisher’s son Sinan Zarakolu is also a member.
“Give your friends a gift book from Zarakolu’s Belge Publishing House for the New Year,” Çetinoğlu said, and this would also support the publishing house itself.