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)

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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

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

Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

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

28 Nov 2012 – EFJ Focus is out + special interview with Baris Terkoglu, in EFJ’s website

28 Nov 2012 – Patrick Kamenka (FEJ) estime que la libération de Bedri Adanir donne de l’espoir et que la lutte menée par la FEJ, la FIJ et la TGS porte ses fruits, in Nouvelles d’Arménie

28 Nov 2012 – Journalist Bedri Adanir is released (but condemned to 6 years) after 689 days in prison, in Bianet (Turkish)

28 Nov 2012 – Prosecutor opposes merger of OdaTV, Ergenekon case, in Today’s Zaman

28 Nov 2012 – Belgium’s French-speaking Parliament adopts a resolution condemning the lack of freedom for journalists in Turkey, PCWB’s website Continue reading

Joint statement by international observers of the lawyers’ KCK trial

We, as international lawyers representing the undersigned organisations, were in Silivri (Turkey) to observe the continuation of the trial of our colleagues: 46 Kurdish lawyers and 3 members of their staff.

We summarise our concerns around the following issues;

The first hearing for this trial, which started in July 2012 in Istanbul, was monitored by these international lawyers also.

On the 6th November 2012 we observed the second hearing in Silivri/Istanbul.

The dominant issue for the court, the right to use the Kurdish language in defending the indictment charges was yet again denied. This was despite submissions advanced by the defence lawyers and the proposed new changes in the law by the ministry of justice relating to the use of the mother tongue in the law courts.

The right to use the mother tongue has been a central issue in this trial (as in other KCK trials). Its prohibition has recently led to hundreds of Kurdish prisoners joining unlimited hunger strikes in protest. Several of the hunger strikers have now reached their 58th day and are nearing death. On the 6th November we learnt that the lawyers on trial have also now joined the hunger strikes, as have another one thousand political prisoners. Continue reading

Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

 

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) launched an international campaign to set free all journalists in Turkey.
see here : http://europe.ifj.org/en/pages/turkey-campaign-set-journalists-free

01 Nov 2012 – Journalist Receives Jail Terms for Newspaper Headline <http://www.bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/141638-journalist-receives-jail-terms-for-newspaper-headline> , in Bianet
01 Nov 2012 – Turkey broke its own record in arresting journalists <http://www.bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/141610-orwellian-accusations-levelled-against-journalists-in-turkey> , in Bianet

01 Nov 2012 – At least 9 imprisoned journalists on indefinite hunger strike <http://europe.ifj.org/en/pages/newsonarrestedjournalistsinturkey> , in EFJ’s webpage Continue reading

Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ campaign update

Here is the latest news from the EFJ’s Set Journalists Free in Turkey campaign:

  • 25 Oct 2012 – Worrying tendency of Internet censorship and control from Turkish authorities Full link.
  • 25 Oct 2012 – Le Parlement Wallonie-Bruxelles peine à exiger le respect de la liberté de presse. Full link.
  • 25 Oct 2012 – Lunchmöte: Turkiet – ett fängelse för journalister. Full link.
  • 25 Oct 2012 – NJ adopterer fengslet tyrkisk journalist. Full link.
  • 24 Oct 2012 – The first issue of Arrested Gazette in English is out! Download now (pdf)
  • 23 Oct 2012 – Gefährdete Pressefreiheit in der Türkei. Full link.
  • 23 Oct 2012 – In mass trial, journalists get two more months in jail, public barred from court. Full link.

Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ Campaign update

Here is the latest news update from the Set journalists free in Turkey campaign, organised by the European Federation of Journalists:

  • (18 Oct 2012) No let-up in judicial harassment of journalists since July reform
    Despite Law 6325’s adoption in July, the media continue to be the target of constant judicial harassment, in which the KCK and Ergenekon trials are just the most visible cases. full report link
  • (18 Oct 2012) Ankara Under Fire for Journalists’ Treatment
    The European Union has strongly criticized Turkey for its record on media freedom in its annual report on the progress of prospective EU members. The EU says “increasing concerns” about court cases against reporters endanger Turkey’s bid for membership. The rights group International Federation of Journalists reports there are around 75 journalists currently jailed in Turkey, mainly because of how they covered issues deemed by the government to be controversial. full report link
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Set journalists free in Turkey: EFJ Campaign update

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has begun an international campaign to demand freedom for detained journalists, called Set Journalists Free in Turkey.

EFJ unions across Europe have already been paired up with individual detained journalists in Turkey and are doing what they can to support them and campaign for their release.

The EFJ website says:  “Over 700 individuals and organisations around the world have joined the “Set Turkish Journalists Free” campaign thanks to your support. Thousands of human rights activists have sent a petition letter to the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calling for the release of the jailed journalists in Turkey. As of today, 76 professional journalists still remain in Turkish prisons with many waiting desperately a fair trial. Please keep supporting our campaign and share your solidarity with our jailed colleagues in Turkey.” Continue reading