Turkey briefly detains Kocaeli Koz editor over coup column

Turkish authorities briefly detained the editor of a regional newspaper over a column she wrote criticizing the government. (Reuters)

Turkish authorities briefly detained the editor of a regional newspaper over a column she wrote criticizing the government for exaggerating the importance of last year’s coup attempt.

Yeliz Koray, editor of the Kocaeli Koz newspaper in the northwestern province of Izmit, was detained at her home late on Saturday, the newspaper said.

Koray said on Twitter on Sunday that she had been released on condition of judicial supervision, meaning she will need to check in regularly with authorities.

In a column entitled “I’ll Eat Your Epic”, Koray criticized the government for what she said was an overemphasis on the events of July 15 last year, saying it paled in significance next to World War I and major battles in Turkish history.

The column also said the government had not done enough to expose what happened on the night, when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and planes in an attempt to topple Erdogan. Some 250 people were killed, many of them unarmed civilians.

Hundreds of thousands of Turks rallied to mark the anniversary of last year’s failed coup in an outpouring of mass support for President Tayyip Erdogan.

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