Arrest warrant issued for Cumhuriyet CEO Atalay

A man holds a copy of the latest edition of the Turkish daily newspaper "Cumhuriyet" during a demonstration outside its headquarters in Istanbul on November 1,2016 a day after its editor in chief was detained by police. Turkish police detained the editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, state media reported, while the daily said several of its writers were taken into police custody. Murat Sabuncu was detained while authorities searched for executive board chairman Akin Atalay and writer Guray Oz, the official news agency Anadolu said. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

An arrest warrant was issued on Tuesday for the Cumhuriyet daily’s chief executive officer, Akın Atalay, after he was not found at his residence on Monday during an operation targeting the opposition daily.

Atalay was in Germany during the police raid that resulted in the detention of 14 Cumhuriyet columnists and executives.

The pro-government Sabah daily reported on Tuesday that Atalay had not been on board his return flight from Germany although he did not issue a statement to that effect. Sabah is believed to have access to passenger information that should normally be confidential. The pro-government media had revealed the flight information of former Zaman top editors as well before the government brutally seized the paper in March.

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