ANKARA (Sputnik) — Atalay reportedly arrived from Berlin at 11.30 a. m. local time (08:30 GMT). Upon exiting the plane, he was taken to the Istanbul Security Directorate in a police car, the paper reported.
On Saturday, local media reported that nine employees of the Turkish newspaper, who had been detained in house raids the week before, were arrested in accordance with a court’s decision. Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Murat Sabuncu was among the arrested staff.
Ankara's crackdown on journalists following the failed putsch has been criticized by Brussels and various rights groups. EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday that the European Union was "gravely concerned" by the situation with press freedom in Turkey.