Parliamentary Elections 2018
Ahmet SIK is running for a seat in parliament with the Peoples’ Democratic Party in Istanbul. SIK was an investigative journalist and reporter for the oppositional paper Cumhuriyet in Turkey. He was detained on the 29th of December 2016 due to accusations of spreading terrorist propaganda on Twitter and was questioned about his articles as a part of the Cumhuriyet trial that started in July 2017. He got released on the 9th of March 2018 after spending nearly 15 months in prison. This was SIK’s second imprisonment after he got accused of trying to plot against the government in 2011 in his book ‘The Imam’s Army’, which is about the infiltration of the Turkish police forces by the Fethullah Gulen organization.