Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

Below is an update from the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) international campaign to set free all journalists in Turkey.

Latest News

  • 02 July 2013 – List of international and Turkish journalists and photographers injured during the Gezi Park events in Istanbul (soon available in English / in Turkish)
  • 30 June 2013 – Ground Zero – Turkey : Journalist Tim Pool’s first assignment was to do a live stream of the protests against the construction of a mall in Gezi Park (video)
  • 28 June 2013 – Lettre d’AVOCATS.BE à M. Erdogan, Premier ministre de la République de Turquie, au sujet de la situation des avocats en Turquie, in full here (Fr) (PDF)
  • 26 June 2013 – UK Parliament, Early Day Motion : Attacks On Media Freedoms In Turkey, by MP Jeremy  Corbyn e.a.
  • 25 June 2013 – Beviser plantet mod journalist (in Danish), by Esben Ørberg
  • 17 June 2013 – Der Deutsche Journalisten-Verband hat gegen die Medienhetze des türkischen Ministerpräsidenten Recep Tayyip Erdogan protestiert, in full here
  • 17 June 2013 Journalists Call for International Action to End Crackdown on Media in Turkey – Join the Action Now!
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Set Journalists Free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) pursues its international campaign to Set Free Journalists in Turkey.

Please find below the latest news on the matter: the last week has been eventful in Turkey with the clashes on May day, the many activities focusing on Turkey on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May as well as the latest developments in the KCK and Ergenekon cases.

  •  10 May 2013 – EFJ urges authorities to free journalists in Ergenekon court hearing, EFJ website
  • 7 May 2013 – Police violence against journalists covering dispersal of protesters, Reuters
  • 6 May 2013 – Picture gallery of Kite Flying for World Press Freedom Day in Turkey, EFJ website
  • 3 May 2013 – BBC Turkey report for World Press Freedom DayBBC

Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) pursues its international campaign to Set Free Journalists in Turkey.

Please find below the latest  news on the matter; note also that today the latest hearing in the KCK case in Istanbul takes place. EFJ is there observing the trial. You can find in-depth information following the link of 19 April. This Friday, a press conference at AJP in Brussels with observers who have been to Istanbul will report on the case.

·         19 April 2013 – KCK Press case: Set our colleagues free, says EFJ, EFJ website
·         18 April 2013 – European Parliament approves 2012 Turkey progress report, EP website
·         15 April 2013 – Tweeting Turkish pianist given sentence for blasphemy, Can Sezer/Ece Toksabay
·         8 April 2013 – Turkey peace talks positive; press freedom still in peril, Özgür Öğret
·         27 March 2013 – “Decriminalize dissent” – Amnesty International report
·         26 March 2013 – After 743 in prison still no freedom for Yalçin Küçük, EFJ website

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Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) pursues its international campaign to Set Free Journalists in Turkey.

Please find below the latest  news on the matter; including in-depth eye-witness accounts of last Thursday’s (21 March) Odatv hearing in Istanbul.

26 March 2013 – After 743 in prison still no freedom for Yalçin Küçük, EFJ website

19 March 2013 – New OdaTV trial hearing on Thursday 21 March, EFJ website

18 March 2013 – Magazine staff arrested in Turkey, Elif Akgül, Bianet

13 March 2013 – Journalist prosecuted twice under Article 301 for comment on Armenia, Bianet

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Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

Below is the latest news from the European Federation of Journalists’ (EFJ) international campaign to set free all journalists in Turkey.

08 Feb 2013 – 7 Media Staff Freed Pending Trial in KCK Case, Bianet

05 Feb 2013 – EFJ President König reports on the latest hearing in KCK case,  EFJ website (click here for Spanish)

05 Feb 2013 – Turkey Cannot Defend Record On Press Freedom, Kadri Gürsel / Al Monitor

01 Feb 2013 – The EU or the Middle East, where goes Turkey ? Jan Espen Kruze / NRK (video report)

01 Feb 2013 – German MP, Hakki Keskin, writes an open letter to the Turkish PM,  (full letter in DOC)

31 Jan 2013 – Conflating critics with terrorists in Turkey / CPJ

Upcoming events:

18 Feb in Istanbul : next hearing in Ergenekon case

21 March in Istanbul : next hearing in OdaTV case

22-26 April in Istanbul : next hearings in KCK press case

 

Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

Below is the latest update from the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) international campaign to set free all journalists in Turkey.

30 Jan 2013 – RSF’s World Press Freedom Index 2013 : Turkey ranks 154th ! (full report in PDF)

30 Jan 2013 – RSF : Dashed hopes after spring

28 Jan 2013 – Turkey our neighbour, Robert Ellis / New Europe

28 Jan 2013 – Turkey: the worst jailer of journalists, Marjorie Hache / RFI (radio)

Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

Below is the latest update from the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) international campaign to set free all journalists in Turkey.

27 Dec 2012 – Soner Yalçın, Imprisoned Journalist, Released, Bianet

27 Dec 2012 – Journalist Soner Yalcin released in Odatv case, Anadolu Agency

27 Dec 2012 – Turkish Journalist Accused of Terrorist Plot Is Freed Pending Trial, New York Times

21 Dec 2012 – European lawyers : protest against ongoing arrests in Turkey (download as PDF) Continue reading

Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) continues their international campaign to set free all journalists in Turkey with a debate on press freedom in Turkey, featuring writer and publisher Ragip Zarakolu, and the EFJ vice-president, Philippe Leruth:

20 Dec 2012 – YouTube – EFJ debates about press freedom and freedom of expression in Turkey.

20 Dec 2012 – Turquie : “Le thermomètre de la démocratie est cassé”, AJP

19 Dec 2012 – Photos – EFJ debates about press freedom and freedom of expression in Turkey.

19 Dec 2012 – Turkey has more jailed reporters than China, Eritrea, Iran or Syria, Toronto Star

19 Dec 2012 – Turkey – world’s biggest prison for journalists, RSF Continue reading

Papers from the 9th International EUTCC Conference

Several conference papers from last week’s EUTCC Conference, entitled The Kurdish Question in Turkey: Time to Renew the Dialogue and Resume Direct Negotiations, have been made available in English. The final resolution of the conference is also available, and you can download the opening speech by Kurdish MP Leyla Zana(pdf) and Dutch academic Joost Jongeden’s paper, Rethinking Politics and Democracy in the Middle East(pdf).

Dr Sabine Freizer, Europe Program Director for the International Crisis Group

“Negotiating peace: Requirements for a political resolution and the Road Maps to Peace in Turkey”

INTRODUCTION

Thank you very much chair for inviting me to speak to you today and to present the recommendations that the International Crisis Group has developed to alleviate the Kurdish problem and help the Kurdish movement and the Turkish government reach a political settlement.

Just a few words on Crisis Group. We were created in 1995 during the wars in the Western Balkans when several international policy makers felt that an organization that could give practical recommendations, based on field research, to alleviate and solve deadly conflict was needed. The head of our organization is Justice Louise Arbour, former UN High Commission on HR and Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. We work in about 65 conflicts around the work with some 150 staff. Our main advantage over other organizations is our field presence with about 30 offices around the world. Personally I cover the Europe program (the Balkans, Turkey and the Caucasus, North and South) and am based out of Istanbul, where I work with two other colleagues, Hugh Pope and Didem Akyel. Our only product is our reports – we don’t do any of our own activities, like organizing conferences or providing aid.

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Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

The Committee for the Protection of Journalists has written a special report on the imprisonment of journalists worldwide – and Turkey occupies the proud position of number one jailer in the world. As ever, the EFJ has been ensuring that this information get circulated widely as part of their Set journalists free in Turkey campaign, and has provided a link to the report below as part of their weekly update.

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) launched an international campaign to set free all journalists in Turkey.

11 Dec 2012 – For Turkey, world’s leading jailer, a path forward, CPJ. Full link.

11 Dec 2012 – Number of jailed journalists sets global record, CPJ. Link to full report.

11 Dec 2012 – A record-number 232 journalists are imprisoned worldwide and Turkey has the highest number, ABC News

10 Dec 2012 – Operation in Istanbul : 2 journalists (Zozan Eser and Sadiye Eser) under arrest, Bianet (in Turkish)

10 Dec 2012 – Turkish cinema asks: Which human rights?, Hürriyet Daily News Continue reading