Turkish police have arrested journalist Ahmet Altan on 12 November, a week after his release from prison, after prosecutors objected to his release and a court ordered his rearrest.

The Turkish government launched in 2016 a major crackdown on journalists including Altan due to links to the Gulen movement, led by Fethullah Gulen, accused by the Turkish government for being behind the coup.

The European Union condemned the move, saying that the renewed imprisonment of Altan “has further damaged the credibility of Turkey’s judiciary, in particular due to the high level of political interference.”

“The EU has at all levels and in all fora expressed its opposition on the persistent erosion of press freedom in Turkey and, in particular, at the high number of journalists imprisoned there. Journalists need to do their job – they do not belong in jail”, the Union stated.

This year, Turkey ranked 157 out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom index published by Reporters Without Borders.