Erdem Gül

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Erdem Gül
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Born1967 (age 55–56)
Giresun, Turkey
Alma materGazi University
OccupationMayor of Princes' Islands

Erdem Gül (born 1967 in Giresun) is a Turkish politician serving as the current Mayor of Princes' Islands since 2019. He was the chief of the Ankara bureau of Turkish secularist newspaper Cumhuriyet between 2010 and 2018. He was arrested in November 2015 after his newspaper published footage showing the National Intelligence Organization of Turkey (MİT) sending weapons to Syrian Islamist fighters.[1]

Gül studied journalism at Gazi University. He started his career at the ANKA news agency in 1992, where he monitored the rise of Necmettin Erbakan's Millî Görüş movement since the 1994 local elections, where Erbakan's Welfare Party won the mayorship in both Ankara and Istanbul. In 2010, he became parliament reporter for Cumhuriyet.[2]

In November 2015, Cumhuriyet was awarded the 2015 Reporters Without Borders Prize for its "independent and courageous journalism."[3]

Shortly thereafter, Gül and the newspaper's editor-in-chief Can Dündar were arrested on charges of being members of a terror organization, espionage and revealing confidential documents, facing sentences of up to life imprisonment. The investigations had been launched in May, after the newspaper published photos depicting weapons transferred to Syria in trucks of the National Intelligence Organization, subject of the MİT trucks scandal. In June 2015, Turkish President Erdoğan had publicly targeted Dündar, stating: "The individual who reported this as an exclusive story will pay a heavy price for this."[4] After 92 days in prison, Dündar and Gül were released on 26 February 2016 after the Constitutional Court decided that their detention was a violation of their rights.[5]

Gül was elected as the new mayor of Princes' Islands in 2019 Turkish local elections.


  1. ^ Raziye Akkoc (26 November 2015). "Turkey arrests editors over reports Ankara supplied weapons to Syrian fighters". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Cumhuriyet'in Ankara Temsilcisi Erdem Gül oldu" [Cumhuriyet Ankara Representative Erdem Gül]. Cumhuriyet (in Turkish). 22 October 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Cumhuriyet newspaper wins journalism prize from Reporters Without Borders". Today's Zaman. 18 November 2015. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Cumhuriyet daily's Dündar, Gül arrested over report on Syria arms transfer". Today's Zaman. 26 November 2015. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Arrested Turkish journalists released after 92 days in prison". Hürriyet Daily News. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.