Head of the media wing. After being released pending his trial, he is belived to have fled to Melbourn, Australia. (1)
In 2006, when Gulen had problems with his
immigration in the US, one of Gulen's closest friends, Ahmet Kara, and the
editor of the Zaman newspaper, Ekrem Dumanli, again asked help from Alaton
because the Gulenist leaders were nervous about how to prevent his
deportation from America.
Alaton asked help from the former USA Ambassador
to Turkey, Morton Abramowitz. In part through Abramowitz's intervention
and other CIA letters of recommendation besides Fuller's, the US Office
for Immigration did not deport Gulen to his native country of Turkey. (2)
Dec. 14, 2014: Police detained 31 people allegedly linked to the plot against the Annotators. Along with police officials, daily Zaman's editor-in-chief Ekrem Dumanlı, Samanyolu TV station editor Hidayet Karaca, Zaman columnists and creators of Samanyolu dramas, were taken into custody.
While the police suspects are accused of “forging evidence,” the detainees from the media sector are charged with “black propaganda” and slander against the Annotators. (5)
On 14 December 2014 Turkish police arrested more than two dozen senior journalists and media executives on charges of "forming, leading and being a member of an armed terrorist organization." Among those now detained was Dumanlı, who was serving as editor-in-chief of Zaman.
The arrested were people associated with the Gülen movement. The Turkish government accuses the movement of infiltrating the police and judiciary. Police arriving at 7.30 a.m. at the newspaper's office were greeted by scores of protesters shouting "a free media cannot be silenced." They had mounted a vigil after tweets from "Fuatavni (tr)" - a reliable but anonymous source - had warned of the raid. Police retreated only to reappear in the afternoon when Dumanlı gave himself up voluntarily.
On 19 December 2014 a court ordered that Dumanlı and seven others to be released due to lack of evidence. Thousands gathered outside Çağlayan Courthouse in İstanbul to show support for the detained journalists and police officials. While crowds celebrated the release of Dumanlı in the courtyard of the courthouse, they protested the arrest order for Samanyolu TV General Manager Hidayet Karaca and former police chiefs Tufan Ergüder, Ertan Erçıktı and Mustafa Kılıçaslan.
Ekrem Dumanlı wrote for Washington Post about his arrest process and obstacles about freedom of press in Turkey, where he said “My newspaper, Zaman, and I are just the latest victims of Erdoğan’s witch hunt.”, blaming Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his arrest. (3)
................Earlier this month, a detention warrant was issued for the former editor-in-chief of the Zaman daily, Ekrem Dumanlı, as part of a probe against police officers who had carried out operations in December 2013 as part of graft probes and an investigation into Tawhid-Salam, an Iranian-backed terrorist organization.
Even though Dumanlı was not named in the 10,559-page indictment that İstanbul Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor İrfan Fidan submitted late last month to the İstanbul 14th High Criminal Court, a detention warrant was issued for him.
The police investigation file also did not name Dumanlı as a suspect in the probe. Yet his name was later added by the prosecutor in what his lawyers believe is a politically orchestrated scheme to put a veteran journalist behind bars. (6)
An arrest warrant was issued for Ekrem Dumanlı, the former editor-in-chief of daily Zaman, on Sept. 18 for “attempting a coup” and “forming an organization with felonious intent,” it has emerged.
Dumanlı delivered instructions from U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen to members of the alleged “Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ)/Parallel State Structure (PDY)” and molded public opinion in line with the organization, according to a prosecutor.
The prosecutor’s office accordingly requested Dumanlı’s detention on the charges.
The whereabouts of Dumanlı have been unknown since Sept. 18, and he has not even used his cell phone for fear of detention and did not cast his vote in the Nov. 1 general elections, according to media reports. About 20 days after the arrest warrant was issued, Dumanlı announced his resignation on Oct. 5 due to “unlawful pressure on the press and his personality.”
Dumanlı’s lawyer Hasan Günaydın, however, said that he is not aware of any arrest warrant for his client.
Dumanlı wrote on his Twitter account on Nov. 9 that he had not been informed about the arrest warrant.
“Pro-government media has reported that I have been wanted for 50 days. Why do I and my lawyers have no knowledge about that if I have sought for this long? The prosecutor’s office could have summoned me instead of violating the privacy of the investigation. I can see no goodwill nor justice in this investigation,” Dumanlı wrote.
In 2014, Dumanlı, along with several journalists, including Samayolu TV head Hidayet Karaca, was detained in a police operation on groups linked to Gülen. Eight suspects, including Dumanlı, were released while the court imposed a travel ban on him. (4)