What happened on Dec. 14? The question has two answers. You can find the first explanation by looking into the investigation itself. The second response could relate to the press freedom debate with absolutely no reference to the affair.
If you are interested in what specifically took place on Dec. 14, you will encounter the following: The Gülen Movement, a cult based out of the United States , lies at the heart of the investigation. The group is active in a range of sectors including education, the media, lobbying, investment consulting and cultural activities in over 150 countries around the globe. In Turkey, however, it is not these activities that have proven controversial, but what most people associate the movement with - a tightly knit network of law enforcement agents, prosecutors and judges. At least since 2008, the group's penetration of police intelligence and the judiciary has been particularly controversial. It is therefore that the group is not known as Hizmet, as its members call the movement, but as a parallel structure. At this point, the term parallel is no longer associated with mathematics but directly has to do with the group.
The Dec. 14 operation targeted nothing but a Gülenist classic - a simple story all too familiar to watchers of Turkey. Police intelligence agents decide to pick on a random group critical of the movement. The agents in the story, of course, are devoted followers of the cult leader. Meanwhile, the target of the Gülenist vendetta is hardly the massive group's equal. If anything, the difference was as vast as a hot dog stand in New York City and McDonald's. Still, the Gülen Movement deemed this small group a major threat to themselves and their people inside law enforcement started to build a case.
They, of course, did not forget to inform the U.S.-based cult leader, who proceeded to declare, in a public address nonetheless, that the small group was a grave danger to his movement. The footage of his address remains available on his personal website. In response, Gülenist media outlets, in perfect unison, began to propagate how dangerous the group really was. In light of these publications, law enforcement agents organized a raid on the group, several dozen of whose members ended up in jail for 17 months. When they were released, they filed a formal complaint with the courts, suggesting that the police set them up. The public prosecutor, in turn, launched an investigation against the parallel structure, which became public on Dec. 14. The questions are really simple: Did the said law enforcement agents follow the cult leader's orders? If not, how did Mr. Gülen, still in the United States, know every single detail of the case file even before the police officers who were involved?
One could, of course, turn a blind eye to the above details and concentrate exclusively on a handful of self-identified Gülenist journalists who are part of the investigation. We must, however, avoid thinking about how they miraculously targeted dozens of people who ended up in prison shortly afterward in their outlets. Regardless of the allegations, one's professional occupation cannot render them immune to judicial inquiries.