Turkey seizes draft copies of journalist`s book

The book describes an Islamic group`s alleged infiltration of police force.

Updated: Mar 25, 2011, 12:59 PM IST

Istanbul: A Turkish court has ordered all copies of a journalist`s yet unpublished book to be confiscated, fuelling censorship concerns.

The Anatolia news agency says the court on Thursday ordered police to seize all draft documents and copies of a book by investigative journalist Ahmet Sik. The book reportedly describes an Islamic group`s alleged infiltration of the police force.

Sik was jailed earlier this month over charges of links to an alleged hardline secularist plot to topple Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan`s Islam-oriented government, along with six other journalists. Critics say the government is using the alleged plot to silence opponents.
Reports said police searched a publishing house on Thursday. Sik`s wife and a colleague were also ordered to hand over copies.

Bureau Report